It feels good to be cooking again! This is one of those one-bowl meals that are great for quick, breezy summer dinners. I'm still recovering from my post-boards mental fog - so, nothing too complicated for dinner - plus, I wanted to use up our hefty stash of leftover baked sweet potatoes. I was getting pretty tired of eating the sweet potatoes with yogurt, so it was time to mix them up - with paprika, chili powder, a coating of crunchy panko, and tangy, cool goat cheese on top. The earthiness of paprika and chili powder are a perfect complement to the sweetness of the potatoes. I wanted to add enough spice to really make these more savory than sweet.
Sweet Potato Fritters
makes approximately 12 fritters
3 cups mashed sweet potato (cold or room temperature)
3 tbsp whole wheat flour
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
panko bread crumbs
|Love these earthy colors|
1. Combine all but the last two ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined - the batter will be thick and slightly chunky
2. Spread a layer of panko bread crumbs evenly over a large plate. Here's the tricky part - take a heaping tablespoon of the batter and drop onto the bread crumbs
3. Sprinkle panko crumbs over the top of the batter and flatten into a disc, approximately 1 inch thick (Note: you can make these fritters as large or small as you like)
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have used all of the batter. You will likely need a second plate to hold all of the coated patties
5. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and lightly cover the base with olive oil. When the oil is hot, gently transfer patties to the pan (you'll need a large sturdy spatula because they're very soft)
6. Pan fry in batches, approximately 3 minutes per side
7. Top with goat cheese and serve immediately
This recipe is so versatile. If you love cheese, you could certainly mix it into the batter - or if you hate cheese, just leave it out completely (in the batter and as a topping). These fritters are great as a side, but can definitely stand on their own for a light meal on a lazy summer night. We'll probably enjoy our leftovers for breakfast, topped with a fried egg.
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