Deep fried sweet potato balls that is slightly sweet with a hint of spice! A delicious side dish or snack anytime.
With a crispy crust and soft inside these balls are slightly sweet with some smokiness from cumin and a hint of spice. A quick and yummy sweet potato dish if you have cooked sweet potatoes handy.
Baking is probably the best and easiest method to cook a sweet potato. Wash 1 or as many sweet potatoes as you like, place them on a foil lined baking sheet, prick each potato couple of times with a fork and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 45 minutes – one hour (depending on the size). Place sheet on a wire rack to cool completely. Peel off skin and mash with a potato masher. Mashed sweet potatoes can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator (or even frozen).
To make the balls simply stir together mashed sweet potato, breadcrumbs, egg, salt, cumin and cayenne pepper in a large bowl, Scoop 2 tablespoons measure balls (roll balls gently between the palm of your hands). Deep fry until deep golden brown and enjoy hot.
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Sweet Potato Balls
2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
1 cup bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
vegetable oil, for deep frying
Combine all ingredients (except vegetable oil) in a large bowl. Mix well until thoroghly combined.Scoop 2 tablespoons measure dough and roll balls gently between the palm of your hands to make smooth balls (an ice cream scoop comes in very handy).
Add oil in a deep skillet or dutch oven until it comes to about 2 inches high up the sides of the pan. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 325 degrees.
Deep fry about 8 balls at a time until deep golden in color, about 4 minutes (turning them once every minute). Drain on a paper towel.
Makes 25 balls