Author: Jinny Sauer Bastianelli

We’ve done lots of great recipes for Mardi Gras over the years, but this breakfast treat is one of my favorites from my trip to Acadiana a decade ago. It’s perfect for this time of year too, when sweet potatoes are in season at the Market.

Look for King Cakes at the Market too as well as other special treats for Mardi Gras. Old Major Market and Turchetti’s Salumeria have andouille sausage this week. And if you picked up shrimp from Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood last week, consider substituting shrimp for chicken in the gumbo or jambalaya recipes linked below.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

recipe by Kat Boytsova at Delish


  • 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 c. buttermilk*
  • 2 cooked sweet potatoes, pureed in a blender until smooth (about ¾ cup puree)**
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Butter, for cooking and serving
  • Toasted pecans, for serving
  • Maple or hickory syrup, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk and sweet potato puree, then add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. When butter is foamy, reduce heat to medium-low and ladle a scant ½ cup pancake batter into skillet. Cook until bubbles start to form in batter and pancake is golden underneath, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook other side until golden, another 3 minutes.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with more butter, toasted pecans, and maple or hickory syrup. Makes 8 servings.

*If you don’t have/can’t find buttermilk, try this kitchen hack: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar, plus enough regular milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes.

**The easiest way to cook sweet potatoes for use in many different recipes is to microwave them. Check out the how-to here.

Be sure to round out your menu for the rest of Fat Tuesday with these recipes from our archive…

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