A Sweet Dish for Sweet Potato Season

Sweet Potato CakesSWEET POTATO CAKES

If you’ve baked too many sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and have leftovers, count on these scrumptious little patties to put them to work.

If you don’t have leftover baked sweet potatoes, make some tonight and put an extra 1 or 2 in the oven so you can make these fun-to-eat patties. This is one of those treasured, easy-prep side dishes that you can even make ahead and simply warm briefly in the oven.

The neat thing is they don’t need lots of your attention–once you’ve got them in the oven, you’re free to catch up on the latest issue of your favorite veggie magazine or make a sumptuous salad for dinner.

Yield: about 10 pattiesSweet Potato Cakes 2

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

 

1 (15-ounce) can cannellini or Great Northern beans, thoroughly drained and rinsed

1 cup baked, mashed sweet potatoes or yams

1/2 cup diced onions

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

 

1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or regular bread crumbs

 

Garnish

5 cherry tomatoes, halved

Clusters of herbs (sage, basil, parsley, cilantro) or cooked broccoli florets

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  1. In a small bowl, combine the water and flaxseed meal and stir well to moisten the meal completely. Set aside to thicken. Alternatively, combine them in a blender and process until the mixture forms a thick slurry.
  1. Put the beans in the food processor and add the sweet potatoes, onions, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process until well combined. Add the flaxseed meal and process briefly until incorporated.
  1. Sprinkle the panko onto a large, shallow bowl or recessed dish and have a spoon ready. Use about 3 to 4 heaping tablespoons of the sweet potato mixture to form patties. Drop each one into the panko and spoon the panko over the top and sides. Use a metal spatula to carefully transfer the patties to the prepared baking sheet and use your hands or the back of a spoon to flatten them slightly.
  1. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully turn the patties over with the spatula and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until firm. Transfer the patties to an attractive serving platter and top each one with a cherry tomato half. Garnish the platter with herbs or cooked broccoli florets.

 

 

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