Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is from Eating Well, and I am posting for safekeeping. They say "These easy sweet potato fritters have a crispy crust and a tender middle. The beans are flavored with smoked paprika, but sweet or hot would work well too. To give it a Mexican-inspired twist, use chili powder as the spice instead of the paprika." Reviewers on that site say the fritters are a bit dry and benefit from a sour cream/yogurt sauce or even a sweet chutney. Posting for safekeeping.
- 1 large sweet potato (about 1 pound)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 poblano peppers, chopped (or small green bell peppers)
- 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 3⁄4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 4 lime wedges (to garnish)
- Preheat oven to 425°F Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Prick sweet potato in several places with a fork. Microwave on High until just cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place in a baking dish and bake at 425ºF until tender all the way to the center, about 1 hour.) Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture. Add beans, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Cover and set aside.
- Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder, the remaining 3/4 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Peel the sweet potato and mash in a large bowl with a fork. Stir in the reserved onion-pepper mixture, egg and water. Add the cornmeal mixture and stir until just combined.
- Form the sweet potato mixture into eight 3-inch oval fritters, using a generous 1/4 cup for each. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook 4 fritters until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining fritters and oil.
- Bake the fritters until puffed and firm to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve the fritters with the reserved bean mixture and lime wedges, if desired.
The beans on this were especially good but I found the fritters to need some extra spice. Great topped with melted cheese and salsa!
I halved the recipe and these came out nice. I enjoyed the smoky flavor the paprika gave it. I also made a honey mustard and squeezed the lime juice over it all. Yum. Thanks!