Caribbean Sweet Potato Cakes

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dairy free, gluten free
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Yield: 12 cakes

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Partner these tasty cakes with coconut shrimp, or serve alongside any Caribbean-type meat or fish entrée. Dredging the cakes in instant potato flakes, which behave a lot like Panko bread crumbs, yields a nice, crunchy crust.

Caribbean Sweet Potato Cakes

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dairy free, gluten free
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Yield: 12 cakes
Published: 05/04/2012

Ingredients

  • l jalapeño pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, roasted if you like
  • 2 cups mashed, cooked sweet potato (about 2 medium potatoes)
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes, plus more for dredging
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil, for frying

Directions

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1) Cut the outside walls off the jalapeño (leave the stem end intact for a handle), and mince them up, discarding the ribs and seeds.

2) Chop or mash the garlic (if it's roasted).

3) Mix the mashed sweet potato, minced jalapeño, garlic, scallions, brown sugar, allspice, mashed potato flakes, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.

4) Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat for a minute or two. When the pan is warm, add the peanut oil. Set up a platter lined with absorbent paper nearby.

5) Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough, then drop it into a bowl containing about an inch-deep layer of mashed potato flakes.

6) Roll around to coat, then press into a round pancake about 1/4" thick.

7) Place the potato cake in the pan, and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until the other side is golden and crisp.

8) Transfer to the platter to drain briefly; sprinkle lightly with salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Yield: 1 dozen 2" to 2 1/2" cakes.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 2 cakes Servings Per Batch: 6 servings Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242 Calories from Fat: 148 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0g Sodium: 242mg Total Carbohydrate: 22g Dietary Fiber: 3g Sugars: 6g Protein: 2g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

Reviews

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  • star rating 05/19/2012
  • cynthia20932 from KAF Community
  • Fun, different, and tasty way to use sweet potatoes. I used a serrano pepper. Goes nicely with pork dishes, too.
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