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How to Make Mashed Sweet Potato Balls

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potato Balls.

Make mashed sweet potato balls in the air-fryer, oven or cast iron skillet.

Mashed Sweet Potato Balls Ingredients and Directions

Mashed Sweet Potato Balls Ingredients and Directions.

Ingredients

4 large sweet potatoes

2 large chicken eggs

1 cup wheat flour

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon orange zest

1 teaspoon ground allspice

Salt to taste

1 cup bread crumbs

Oil for frying


Directions

On medium-high heat, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet. Wash, peel and boil sweet potatoes then mash well. Add flour, one egg, sugars, spice, zest and salt to make the sweet potato dough to a rolling consistency. Evenly divide sweet potato dough into 12 round balls with your hands, then dredge first in egg and then in panko. Repeat. Fry sweet potato balls a few at a time until golden brown about 2-1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with curry.

Don’t want to fry in oil? You can also bake mashed sweet potato balls at 400 degrees until golden brown for about 5-10 minutes and air-fry by spraying sweet potato dough with vegetable oil and baking for 10 minutes until golden brown.


Did you know.

The potato is one of the top four crops in the world after rice, wheat and corn. Most major potatoes growers are in Europe and the Russian Federation. The main potato producers in the African region are Egypt and South Africa.

Sweet potatoes are a relative newcomer to Africa. However many farmers, because of the sweet potatoes comparative ease of establishment and cultivation, and resilience to pests, disease, and drought have become a favorite plant to cultivate.

Sweet potato is a popular food in many parts of Eastern Africa. Today the sweet potato is the third most important crop in seven eastern and central African countries, and fourth in six southern African countries. In many communities in Eastern Africa, sweet potatoes are preserved for the lean dry season by sun drying.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.