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Add crunchy bread crumbs to creamy sweet potatoes for easy-to-fry croquettes that are delicious on their own but even better when served with aioli or labne dressing for dipping.
Please see nutritional benefits from our contributor, Nikki Ostrower, below!
Makes about 16 croquettes
Lior Lev Sercarz, from "Mastering Spice" by Lior Lev Sercarz
1 cup of leftover sweet potato puree
½ cup plus 3 tablespoons of fine plain dried bread crumbs
Put the potato puree in a medium bowl and refrigerate until cold. Stir in 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs. Put another ½ cup bread crumbs in a shallow dish or pie plate.
Using a tablespoon and damp hands, scoop a ball of the sweet potato mixture and roll it into a neat ball. Place it in the crumbs, roll to coat, and place it on a parchment-paper-lined plate or half sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining sweet potato mixture and bread crumbs. You should end up with about 16 coated balls. Refrigerate, uncovered, until cold and set, at least 30 minutes (or freeze for 15 minutes).
Fill a large saucepan with olive oil to a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil to 350°F over medium high heat. Add enough balls to fit comfortably in the saucepan without crowding; refrigerate the remaining balls (they need to stay cold or they’ll fall apart while frying)
Fry the croquettes, turning to evenly cook, until dark brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining balls, reheating the oil to 350°F between batches.
Feel free to use whatever leftover sweet potato puree you have on hand.
"I love the Sweet Potato Croquette recipe by Lior. If you weren’t aware, Sweet Potatoes are perfect for winter months being mildly naturally sweet, grounding, and comforting. They are also nutrient dense, packed with beta carotene (giving it that gorgeous orange color), which supports eye health and muscular degeneration. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A and Potassium.
What I also love about this recipe is that it uses very few whole foods ingredients and can be easily adjusted to suit individual needs. For example, you can easily swap panko bread crumbs for a gluten free variation if you are gluten sensitive, intolerant, or have celiac disease. The healthful benefits of Olive Oil are plentiful, or you can use Avocado oil or Coconut oil for healthy fat.
Above and beyond the benefits you’ll get from healthy oils and sweet potatoes, the puree includes power-packed seasonings like cumin, fenugreek, garlic, and onion. Not only do seasonings add tremendous flavor, they can also add antioxidants to your meals, balance blood sugar, support digestive health, heart health, promote healthy weight, and more.
These croquettes are a great example of a recipe that is equal parts comforting and nutritious. This is what I call a 'win/win'!"
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