Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sweet Potato Cakes with Jalapeno Guacamole


Happy Hump Day! Guess what I made for dinner last night? Really easy and amazing sweet potato cakes! I like to try out vegetarian meals every now and then and I find the key to cooking vegetarian is to make sure that your dish has a lot of flavour.  Some may say that broccoli is boring and bland and I tend to agree especially if you've steamed your broccoli and added a pinch of salt…no thanks. But if you jazz up those mini tree’s with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and parmesan and roast them for 20 minutes they taste absolutely amazing. 

So these sweet potato cakes turned out incredible especially for the first time making them.  They were very effortless to assemble which made me like them even more.  If I can tackle a meal in less than 30 minutes I’m a happy girl.  I made sure to season them up nicely with assorted spices and didn't hold back on the green onions.  The jalapeno guac complimented the warm cakes PERFECTLY and each bite was full of spicy flavour.  I actually wish this batch made more cakes but I only had 2 smaller sweet potatoes on hand and so I only got 3 medium-sized cakes out of them.  Next time I’m tripling this recipe and upping the jalapeno for some extra spice!

I think this is my new favourite meatless dish!

Sweet Potato Cakes with Jalapeno Guacamole

Ingredients:
For the sweet potato cakes:
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
dash of paprika, cayenne pepper
5 green onions, both white and green parts, finely chopped
2 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the guacamole: 
1 ripe avocado
1/4 of a small red onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
¼ of a jalapeno, diced (seeds removed)
juice from 1/2 of a lime
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Steam the sweet potato chunks for 15-20 minutes until completely tender. Drain and allow to dry. Once dry, place sweet potato chunks in a large mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon to break up chunks. Add flour and green onions, and mix with your hands to form a smooth batter.  Add spices and mix. Once the mixture is combined, you’re ready to fry*.

In a non-stick skillet, heat two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Form round, flat cakes of batter in your desired size. Fry about 5-6 minutes total for small patties and 8-12 minutes total for bigger ones or until golden brown. Transfer finished cakes to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain and cool. Add more oil to pan between batches as needed, and continue frying a few cakes at a time until all are ready for their toppings.

*Note: the mixture should be sticky but not wet, so more flour may be needed.

For the guacamole:
Mash all of the ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Place a dollop on the fresh sweet potato cakes and enjoy.

recipe adapted from dainty chef




43 comments:

  1. I like everything about this recipe, starting with sweet potatoes and ending with fiery guacamole!

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  2. I love sweet potatos and these cakes look amazing!!

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  3. Hi love. I just picked up a pound of sweet potatoes. What perfect timing! These look so good, and I love the thought of that creamy and spicy guacamole. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I'm totally craving that sweet with the hot. A great combo of flavors that can't be beat.

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  5. Hi Natalie,

    I like to classify sweet potato as super food too as its natural sweetness make it so wonderful. Your super-sweet-potato cakes with guacamole looks great!

    Zoe

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  6. Oh, yum! This sure does put my standard weeknight dinner to shame. Those spicy, savory sweet potato cakes sound like the perfect thing at any time of day, whether they're served at for breakfast or a late night snack!

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  7. such bright colored dinner,delicious....can imagine how the slightly fiery jalapeno guacamole would have worked like magic with the sweet potato cakes,awesome idea and a very tempting combination...healthy,colorful and scrumptiously quick dinner :-)

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  8. I love sweet potatoes! I can never get too many. You've really added a ton of spicy flavor, which I like a lot. Super recipe - thanks so much.

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  9. Those sweet potato cakes sound mouth-watering. Last time I tried making sweet potato patties they fell apart and became a stir-fry, but this could mark a turn of events! Thanks for the recipe.

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  10. I want those sweet potato patties!!! They look incredibly delicious!

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  11. Those sweet potato cakes sound simple, but delicious!

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  12. I love this flavor combo - sweet potatoes and jalapeños! Sounds fantastic. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorites, come fall. Can't wait till they arrive!

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  13. You can't go wrong with sweet potatoes. These cakes look amazing!

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  14. I really want to try one of those sweet potato cakes right now. They look fab and its such a great idea.

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  15. Natalie, i really like this recipe! If I had sweet potatoes i would make this now. These will be added to my list!

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  16. Such a yummy combination of flavors in this recipe, Natalie! I love it!

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  17. Lovely vibrant potato cakes Natalie! I have a vegetarian daughter so a couple of dinners during the week are vegetarian. Was just thinking about potato cakes and saw your email! Great idea with the guacamole. I must be weird because I love broccoli with just some salt :)! I love it all ways.

    Nazneen

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  18. Seasonings really can make a world of difference. I like a lot of vegetables plain, but if I'm serving them to others, I try to spice things up a bit more and it does completely change the meal. I like the look and sound of these!

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  19. These are anything but boring!! And i think good seasoning is pretty much key to any meal...vegetarian or not. No one wants to eat bland food.

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  20. The combination of flavors in this dish is amazing, so well balanced between sweet & spicy!

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  21. I love vegetable dinners! These sound incredible. Love the combo of sweet potato and avocado!

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  22. Yummy... this looks so good. you are so original with your recipes, i love that.

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  23. I have been using avocado as "butter" lately... I love putting it on my bakes sweet potatoes. This sounds right up my alley. My boyfriend doesn't like spicy food and he is gone this weekend so I might need this for dinner tomorrow.

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  24. Those look delectable! A great vegetarian meal for a quick weeknight meal or snack. Love that sweet and spicy combo!

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  25. Such spicy and sweet cakes, a perfect flavour match :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  26. Yum! These look amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog :) Following you now! x
    gemma @ andgeesaid.blogspot.com

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  27. oh these look delicious and bursting with flavor

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  28. Anything topped with guacamole (and especially jalapeno guacamole) sounds delicious to me!

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  29. I LOVE sweet potato cakes, and these look FANTASTIC. Especially with that guac. Yum.

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  30. I love the look of these sweet potato cakes. I've never made them and I would like to try them because they look like they'd go very well with guacamole - a favourite of mine xx

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  31. Oh my....drooling over your Sweet Potato Cakes with Jalapeno Guacamole! I love a little sweetness from the sweet potato in these cakes. OH my! Wish I have some in front of me.

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  32. What a great idea...sweet potato cakes...and yes the spicy jalapeno guacamole on top looks even better.
    Have a wonderful week Natalie :D

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  33. yum... so delicious. i'm salivating looking at this right now.
    it's 4 pm... UGH!!!

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  34. I like your spicy twist. Such a fun idea.

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  35. This looks awesome. I adore fritters and that avo on top looks like the perfect companion.

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  36. These look awesome. I love all sort of veggies "cakes" like these and guac is one of my favorite things -- so this looks pretty perfect to me!

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  37. Yum! I just pinned this so I remember it for meal planning next week :)

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  38. Mmmm...I love sweet potatoes. Usually I try to make crispy fries from them with more or less success. This sounds like a great new sweet potato idea. Do you think the cakes could also be baked instead of fried?

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  39. Hi Natalie! I love sweet potatoes but never tried making sweet potato cakes before! Love the jalapeño guacamole for accent too!

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