Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters

This will get you over “fear of frying” and reward you with beautiful, delicious fritters.
TIME 30 to 40 minutes
MAKES 4 to 8 servings
About 1 pound sweet potatoes
⅓ cup all-purpose flour, or more as needed
⅓ cup cornmeal
¼ cup chopped red onion
1 egg, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil for deep frying

1 Heat the oven to 200°F. Line an ovenproof plate or baking sheet with paper towels. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes and squeeze or press them dry if necessary; you want 3 packed cups; save the rest for later.

2 Combine the grated sweet potato, flour, cornmeal, onion, egg, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and mix well with a fork. If the mixture looks too liquid, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. (You can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate for up to a couple of hours before cooking.)

3 Put 2 inches of oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, carefully drop spoonfuls of the sweet potato mixture into the pot. (Work in batches to avoid crowding the pot.)

4 Cook, turning them with tongs or a slotted spoon as necessary so they brown on all sides, until they’re cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the finished fritters to the paper towel–lined plate and put it in the oven to keep warm while you make the rest. Serve hot or at room temperature, with more salt and pepper if you like.

  • 7 More Fritter Ideas. These are just some of the other vegetables and fruits that work well in this recipe:

1 Starchy potatoes (like russets or baking potatoes)
2 Zucchini (really squeeze them dry)
3 Carrots
4 Celery root
5 Beets
6 Butternut squash
7 Apples

  • Even if you like to deep-fry a lot, there’s no need to invest in an expensive appliance. Just buy a thermometer designed to clip to the side of your pot and register up to 400°F. Adjust the heat to keep the oil steady at about 365°F, even as you add and remove food from the pot.

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