Crispy Sweet Potato Fritters with Bacon and Scallions

     I struck it rich when I decided to make a new Sweet Potato Fritter recipe.  I made them last year, and they were good, but these are out of this world delicious!  The Scallions, Bacon, Fresh Rosemary, and Orange Zest are very subtle and compliment the Sweet Potatoes wonderfully.  There is NO butter, NO added sugar, and very little oil to fry them.  If you want to make them completely healthy, omit the bacon. 

     Yeah, right.  Not happening.

     Using a little light Ranch Dressing was a perfect condiment.  They would go great with Steak, Meatloaf, Poultry, Fish, Pork, or even an Omelet.  Yep, I could definitely eat these with an Omelet or Scrambled Eggs.

Ingredients:  Yields 7 – 8 Fritters

2 large Sweet potatoes (You’ll need about 2 – 2 ¼ cups)

4 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 small Sprig fresh Rosemary, chopped or ½ tsp dried

1 TBSP orange zest

1 TBSP Flour

Dash of Salt and Pepper

1 Egg

¼ cup Scallions, sliced

Serve with Ranch Dressing, Buffalo Ranch Dressing, Siracha Sauce, Sour Cream, or Yogurt

PREPARATION:

     Wash the Sweet Potatoes.  Pierce only one of them 3-4 times with a fork or the point of a knife.  Cover with a paper towel or microwave safe lid.  Cook in microwave for 5-7 minutes, depending on the girth.  Stab it with a fork to make sure it’s tender.  Let it cool a bit.

     While the Potato is cooling, cook the Bacon in a 12” skillet.  Set aside. Using my old Indian trick, soak up most of the grease with a wadded-up paper towel and the tongs you used to turn your Bacon. 

     Peel the second Potato and grate it.  I used a box grater and it only took a minute or two.

     Pinch the cooked Potato, and the skin will split.  Squeeze the Potato into a medium-sized bowl.  Give it a quick mash with a fork.  Add the raw grated Potato and stir with the fork.  Add the Rosemary, Orange Zest, Flour, Salt and Pepper.  Stir well and push to the side of the bowl.

     Drop the egg on the empty side of the bowl, and lightly beat with your fork.  Mix everything together now.  Add the Scallions and crumbled Bacon.  Stir again. 

     In preheated skillet, add a small drizzle of Olive Oil.  When it’s hot, start dropping the Fritters in one at a time.  Leave room between them so you can get your spatula in there to turn them.  You’ll have to cook them in two batches.  Cook over low/medium heat until they are good and brown.  Flip them over and cook the other side.  They will be cooked in about ten minutes.  EAT ONE!!!  Roll your eyes and say, “Mmmmmmmmmmm”.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

     Known more in the South, Sweet Potato Pie has been around for hundreds of years, and for good reason.  It’s good!   If you plan ahead, cook 3 extra Sweet Potatoes the night before when you’re having them for dinner.  Save them in the refrigerator and that will be one less step to this incredible pie.  Sweet Potatoes are high in nutrition, and very delicious, we have them often.  I sub out half the White Sugar for Dark Brown Sugar because it gives you a more flavorful Pie.  You can use all White Sugar if you prefer.

INGREDIENTS:

1 – 9” Unbaked Pie Crust (I love King Arthur Flour’s Crust)

2 cups Sweet Potatoes, Cooked

2 TBSP Salted Butter, room temp

2 Eggs

Scant ½ cup White Sugar

½ cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 TBSP AP Flour

½ cup Buttermilk or Heavy Cream

¼ tsp Baking Soda

½ tsp Ginger*

1 ½ tsp Cinnamon

¼ tsp Allspice

1/8 tsp Nutmeg

 

PREPARATION:

Quickly mash the cooked Sweet Potatoes with a fork and measure out 2 cups.  Add to mixer bowl and beat them until they are smooth and lump free.  (You will end up with a smoother pie.)  Then add Butter, Eggs, Sugars.  Beat well.

Add Vanilla, Flour, Buttermilk, Baking Soda, Ginger, Cinnamon, Allspice, and Nutmeg.  Beat well and pour into unbaked Shell.

Bake at 350° F for 65-70 minutes or until center is set.  I jiggle the pie, and if it looks set, it’s done.  You can also stick a butter knife in the center.  If it comes out clean, the pie is set.  Serve Warm or Chilled.  Serve with Whipped Cream.

* I don’t like the Seasonings to over-power the flavor of the Sweet Potatoes.  You can add more than I call for if you’d like.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Asparagus

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus


     In our quest to eat healthier without giving up flavorful foods, this is my new way of cooking Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus. I do it in my toaster oven, but you can tuck a small dish in your oven alongside whatever else you’re cooking. Note that I didn’t make a huge batch for just the two of us, so please increase ingredient amounts if you’re feeding a family. 

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

Ingredients:  Yields 2 servings

1 large Sweet Potato, scrubbed well

Drizzle of Olive Oil

Seasonings:  Thyme, Salt

 

PREPARATION:

Poke a few holes in the clean potato with a sharp knife.  Wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 2 ½ minutes, turning over about halfway through.

Cut into large chunks, place on cooking tray, drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle on Thyme and Salt.

Bake in a moderate oven for about 20-30 minutes, depending on how large your chunks are.  Flip over a few times during cooking.

ROASTED ASPARAGUS

Ingredients:  Yields 2 servings 

12 Asparagus Stalks, washed

Drizzle of Olive Oil

Seasonings:  Tika’s Greek Seasoning

 

PREPARATION:

With your fingers on each end, bend Asparagus stalks until the bottom snaps off.  Discard the tougher ends or make soup.

Place on the same dish as the Sweet Potatoes after about 15 minutes.  Drizzle with Olive Oil, sprinkle on Tika’s Greek Seasoning, flipping once during cooking.  Depending on temperature, the asparagus will be cooked in about 12 minutes, depending on how soft you like them.

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Sweet Potato Patties

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     We love sweet potatoes and bake them often as a side dish with chicken, pork, turkey, ham, or even fish.  The leftovers usually hang around.  Sometimes they get reheated and eaten, but many times they just go to the dogs or to the trash.  I hate being wasteful, so today I decided to do something with the leftovers.  Good?  You bet!!  And a new Westover Leftover was born.

INGREDIENTS:  YIELDS 8 PATTIES

2 leftover sweet potatoes, peeled

1 egg, beaten

2 -3 TBSP bread crumbs

3-4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

½ – ¾ cup veggies (corn, Kale, spinach, onions, maybe even bell pepper)

Dash salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg

 

PREPARATION:

In a medium bowl, beat the egg.  Add the sweet potato and mash with a fork.  Add bread crumbs, bacon, veggies, and seasonings.  Form into patties and cook in a skillet until browned on both sides.  I drizzled a little olive oil at first, and then when I flipped them, I put a teeny smidge of butter.  Flatten the patties slightly after flipping.

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SWEET POTATO CHIPS FOR YOUR DOGGIES

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SWEET POTATO CHIPS

I’ve been making sweet potato chips for my dogs ever since I first bought my food dehydrator.  They love them, and are a very healthy snack.  They freeze well, too!

Wash sweet potatoes and remove any bad spots.  Slice them as thick or thin as you want.  Know that the thicker slices will take longer to “cook”.  Just as with the chicken jerky, I put nothing on them.  (No oil, no seasoning, no nothing).

When they are done, they will actually be crisp.  If they’re still rubbery when you try to bend them, continue cooking.  Plan on a minimum of 6 hours at 135° – 145°, again, depending on how thick you slice them.

Dogs love sweet potatoes, but it’s never a good idea to feed them raw because they are difficult to digest if not cooked.  Sweet potatoes have dietary fiber, Vitamin C, beta carotene and manganese.  They are good to aid the digestive system, as well as reducing the risk of cancer.  As with any treat, don’t overdo.  Sweet potatoes are high in carbs and sugar.  I keep a container of them in the fridge near the chicken jerky treats.

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