Sweet Potato Fries

 

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This is a simple post on how to make sweet potato fries that is moist, not dry.  If you peel and slice raw sweet potato and then fry it, it will taste dry and bland.  I tried it coz I wanted to take a short cut.  BUT if you boil it first (for about 10 min, doesn’t have to be cooked all the way through), then peel, slice and deep fry, they will turn out moist and yummy. Seems like so long-winded right? To make it easier, what I do is that when I get my sweet potatoes back from the store, I would boil them all and then store in the fridge for about up to a week.  Then whenever I feel like sweet potato fries, bobo chacha, sweet potato bread etc, they are there, ready to go. And since they are already half cooked, it doesn’t take long to fry up a batch.

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Easy peasy.

Quinoa Sweet Potato Cakes

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Quinoa are cute little seeds that look like millet. It is high in protein and touted for its health benefits.  I bought a few packets of quinoa as I was inspired to eat healthy. Dahlia, my good friend, calls it bird seeds… Anyhow long story short, I am stuck with a few packets of quinoa which nobody wants to eat.  But that does not mean that it tastes bad!  Just means that these people are not willing to accept anything that has a different mouth feel. And the nutrients and health benefits!! Just google it!

For those more accepting of it, I found out, the painful way, how to prep and cook it without tearing out your hair (I should have googled it before attempting it!).

It’s simple. Rinse it in a sieve. It’s so much easier that way.

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If you wash it in a bowl, they will stick to you and to your bowl and just give you a whole lot of grief.

Then just plop the whole thing into a rice cooker and press “cook”.

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

1/4 tsp salt

When cooked, fluff it up and serve it in lieu of rice.

After eating that, I became smarter and decided to google it for recipes to get rid *ahem I mean use up the rest of my quinoa.  I love sweet potatoes and thought sweet potato pancakes/cakes sound quite good.  This is my simplified recipe.

Sweet potato quinoa pancakes/cakes (serves 2)

1/2 cup mashed sweet potato

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

2 tsp brown sugar

1 egg

pinch of salt

1 tsbp flour (optional, to bind it together)

Mix everything together and pan fry carefully with oil/butter. It might fall apart when flipping so do it very carefully and gently.  Serve it with butter.

I liked it.  I think it tastes like pan fried mashed sweet potato with little bits of round stuffs in it.  It makes a very safe, non-adventurous, nutritious meal.  But my DD came to me and asked me with a face, What’s that little round stuff?

I should have said Hundreds and Thousands, dear.  She would have been all over it then.

 

Sweet Potato Zeppoles

Sweet Potato Zeppoles

I only recently discovered the wondrous Italian fried donut that doesn’t have a hole. It is incredible. Firstly, it doesn’t have a hole. So I get to eat more! Haha. Secondly, I finally found a recipe that is quite close to the Chinese Buffet donuts which I used to inhale 13 over years ago in Michigan. It is squishy soft with a wonderful slight chew. It’s tasty and oh-so-light that my kids can’t stop eating! I have more self-control but just about barely. Heh. DS likened it to Krispy Kreme. I can’t say coz I haven’t had KK for over a decade. Looks like I need to get some soon. To compare. Things I do in the name of research.

Since it is our current favorite food and we are consuming them like there is no tomorrow, I couldn’t possibly just make plain Zeppoles… The recipe I found only uses plain flour and water and leavening/seasoning. No nutrition-packed egg, no calcium-rich milk, no nutritious fibrous whole grains. Thus, I had to soup it up and make our indulgence more justifiable. So enter… Sweet potatoes! Isn’t that like a nutritional powerhouse or something? But will it be just as yummy? It’s sweet potatoes! Delicious, sweet, moist, tasty Indonesian sweet potatoes. Can’t go that awfully wrong! And indeed it went wonderfully right!  Perhaps next time I can try some chopped apples, bananas, pumpkins etc. Don’t worry. It’s a very forgiving recipe. The only thing that might go wrong is if you burnt them.

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Sweet Potato Zeppoles (makes about 25)

100g-200g Indonesian sweet potato (boiled skin on) mashed coarsely

200g plain flour

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp instant yeast

250ml water

1 tsp baking powder (to add in before frying)

peanut oil for deep frying

sugar & cinnamon or Nutella

Method:

Mix everything together in a large bowl and leave to proof for about an hour or until double its volume.  Then add in baking powder and mix. The dough will be loose. There is no way to shape it. So just get a spoon and drop spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry till puffy and golden. Then coat with cinnamon sugar. Or Nutella. Or peanut butter.

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I made a batch last night and this morning they were still good. Pop it into the oven to warm it first if you wish. Personally, I can’t wait that long.
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