Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Last week, JP and I were feeling lazy.  We were dangerously close to ordering Thai food, but I checked out this recipe and dashed the ideas for take-out.  Can anyone pass up fried sweet potatoes?
This recipe is super easy, and at least the fried part is paired with a spinach salad to up the health factor.
This recipe comes from Cooking for Two by Jessica Strand (2009), and it's a wonderful date night meal.  Have your boo deep fry the pancakes, though, because that oil gets hot.  I took care of the potato prep, and salad, so we each had our dinner duty.  All in all, Monday night had a bit more pizazz than the pad thai we would have ordered for the 50th time.

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Spinach Salad
1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated on the large holes of a box grater
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. cornstarch
2 large egg whites

1. In a medium bow, combine the sweet potato, garlic, and salt, then add the cornstarch.  Using a standing or hand mixer, whip the egg whites on high speed with a tablespoon of water until soft peaks form, 2-3 minutes.  Fold the egg whites into the potato batter.
2. Fill a heavy pot or deep fryer (who has one of those?) halfway with oil (we used peanut).  Heat oil to 350.   (It shouldn't take too long).  Place a cooling rack on the counter next to the stove (or fryer), and arrange a layer of paper towels beneath the rack.
3. Drop large tablespoons of the batter into the oil; to avoid overcrowding, fry only about 3 fritters at a time.  Fry until golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes, turning once or twice while cooking.  Place fritters on the rack when done and cool for 2-3 minutes before serving.  Continue process until batter is gone.

Spinach Salad
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. zested orange peel
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 cups spinach
1 c. cherry tomatoes
1/4 slivered red onion

In a medium bowl, combine first 6 ingredients and whisk the dressing until emulsified.  Add spinach, tomatoes, and onion, and toss veggies until coated.  Serve half salad to each person, and top with 2-3 pancakes.  If you're like JP, add a little sour cream to the pancakes; it can only help!

1 comment:

  1. Might just make these tonight! Along with Stan's sausages (ha-ha!).