Sweet Potato Dutch Baby

A Dutch baby is a puffy pancake. Over the years, they have gained popularity as an alternative to standard breakfast fare and as a stand-in for dinner rolls. In this recipe, boiled and mashed sweet potatoes lightly scent the Dutch baby—you can also substitute mashed roasted sweet potatoes. This would be excellent served alongside hearty beans, vegetable soup or cooked leafy greens. Read the author's story behind this recipe: Pecans and Buttermilk in a Brooklyn Kitchen: My Food Journey from South to North

Sweet Potato Dutch Baby
Photo: Jerrelle Guy
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Nutrition Profile:

This recipe is part of our series, Migration Meals: How African American Food Transformed the Taste of America. During the Great Migration, millions of African Americans left the South and settled in the rest of the United States, bringing rich culinary traditions with them—sweet potato pie, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, barbecue and so much more.


  • 1 small sweet potato (6 ounces), peeled and cubed

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 6 large eggs

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

  • Fruity hot sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Bring an inch or two of water to a boil in a saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add sweet potato; cover and steam until very soft, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool for at least 5 minutes, then mash. You should have about ½ cup.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk flour, salt, paprika and oregano together in a large bowl. Thoroughly whisk eggs, half-and-half and the mashed sweet potato in a medium bowl. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine well.

  4. Place butter in a large cast-iron or oven-safe stainless-steel skillet and place in the oven until the butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and pour in the batter. Bake until puffed and cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately, drizzled with hot sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
11g Fat
23g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size ⅙ Dutch baby
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Vitamin A 4577IU 92%
Sodium 418mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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