Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sweet Potato Tots

It seems that this is the recipe y'all are most interested in, so here it is. If you've ever been to James Bar and had their sweet potato tots, well... these are better. And cheaper.

3 Large yams (often confused for sweet potatoes... sweet potatoes are yellow, not orange)
2 Eggs
1 cup flour
2 bags potato chips or 2-3 cups Panko bread crumbs
Oil for frying

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place sweet potatoes on an aluminum or parchment lined baking sheet. Roast until just fork tender, but not mushy. Lumps are okay! (If you'd rather, you can peel the potatoes, cube them and then boil them for 20 minutes or so.... basically, we're just making mashed potatoes to begin with)

Once potatoes have cooled, peel them and mash them in a bowl. Don't obliterate them, as this leads to mushy tots. Nobody wants mushy tots. Add eggs, flour, salt and pepper to taste. If the potatoes are too dry, you can add a splash of milk, but sweet potatoes have a higher sugar/moisture content than russet potatoes and so they tend to be much more moist.

Now would be a good time to start heating your oil up to 350 degrees. It's important to get that oil up to temperature before you add the tots, or the filling will ooze. No oozy tots.

While your oil is heating, you want to start forming the tots. Begin by crushing the potato chips into a shallow dish (or just pour the panko into said dish). Then, drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the crumbs. Roll the potatoes around in the crumbs, then form them into a tot shape. The easiest way to do this is to make a light fist around the tot, then pinch the ends with your other hand. You'll get the hang of it. Make all the tots before you begin frying, or you'll get behind! They take a bit of time.

Then, begin frying them in small batches. They like to stick to one another, so be gentle with them, or they'll fall apart. Fry till golden brown, turning periodically so they brown evenly. They should take about 5-7 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Add more salt to taste.

I like to serve them with this chili ketchup...

1 cup ketchup (I love ketchup.)
1-2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix everything in a small bowl. Dip your tots. Enter food bliss.

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