GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - December is a month filled with many very significant cultural and religious holiday celebrations. Millions will celebrate Christmas at the end of the month but among the many observances, there is Hanukkah celebrated by people of Jewish faith, and Kwanzaa celebrated by many people of African descent.

Although these different occasions may have very different customs and rituals, they are all meant to be spent with family and friends. What they also share in common is fabulous food that people eat specifically at this time of year.

Breaking Bread Café in North Minneapolis celebrates cultural diversity all year round. Executive Chef Lachelle Cunningham likes to share her unique spin on many of traditional treats both in the daily café offerings menu as well as their catering menu.

Sweet Potato Latkes

1 lbs yams, grated
1/2 medium onion, very small diced or shredded
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Pinch cayenne
Vegetable oil


1. Stir together yams, onion, scallions, parsley, flour, eggs, salt, pepper and cayenne.

2. Heat oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.

3. Spoon 1/8 cup potato mixture per latke into oil and flatten to 3-inch diameter with a slotted spatula. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side.

4. Transfer latkes with spatula to paper towels to drain.

5. Serve with green onions, sour cream and/or brown butter sauce.

Cafe 612-529-9346
Catering 612-716-9385