Smokey Sloppy Joe Potato Latkes – Fusion Cuisine

I love Polish potato pancakes or latkes how they call them in America, my favourite way to enjoy them is with salt & sugar alone… But for my husband meatless dish like this is not a proper man-food so I decided to serve it with turkey mince sauce, it turned out to be a great hit.

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  • 15 – 18 Polish potato pancakes (follow the link for the recipe)
  • grated cheese – to serve
  • soured cream – to serve
  • chive or spring onion greens (chopped) – to serve

for the smokey sloppy Joe sauce

  • 450 – 500 g turkey mince
  • 2 – 3 onions (chopped)
  • 3 tbs oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 chicken cubes
  • 1½ cups of hot water
  • 1 tbs plain paprika powder
  •  ½ tsp bitter-sweet smoked paprika powder
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 – 4 tbs tomato paste / 140 g tin
  • sea salt – to taste

or some leftover sauce from making Chilli Con Carne

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  1. On the bottom of the pot fry mince on oil together with onions until golden brown.
  2. Dissolve cubes in water to make stock.
  3. To the pot with mince add stock, tomato, spices, tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and cook covered for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with salt, if necessary.
  5. In meantime prepare the mixture for the latkes.
  6. Once the sauce is ready (it can be prepared in advance) start frying the pancakes.
  7. Serve while still hot topped with sloppy Joe sauce, grated cheese, cream and chive.
  8. Enjoy!

Makes 15 – 18 pancakes and serves 4 – 5 people. 


If you are looking for more potato pancake recipes, take a look at Crispy Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancakes) from ET Speaks From Home, Oven-fried Delicious Potato Latkes from Family Friends Food or my Polish Potato Pancakes.

If you have any leftover sauce check out this Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipe.

Above smokey sloppy Joe sauce works well with pasta and rice as well or with the marrow boats (minus the smoked paprika).

Your thoughts…

  1. I love potato latkes – although have never really mastered the art of frying them without burning – and often make a turkey mince ragout as it is lower fat than using red meat. Never thought of combining the two dishes but will certainly give it a try.

  2. Proper man food, must require meat!! ha. This looks lovely, with or without the meat. I have never tried sloppy joes before – looks like good old comfort food of the highest degree!!

  3. This is a genius idea Margot, I’d far rather have potato than bread or a baguette anyday!

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