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Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters

Yes, you may have noticed I’ve got brunch on the brain of late. We’ve recently hosted our first two brunch supper clubs so there’s been lots of testing out of breakfast delights. The main course at our brunches was sweet potato fritters with halloumi, avocado and tomato salsa, coriander creme fraiche and Marg’s chilli jam. Sounds like far too many elements, but they work together well. You want to almost burn the fritters because the sweet potato caramelises. The flavours are fresh and lovely and the chilli jam cuts through beautifully.

When we first tested this dish, it was without the chilli jam, but we decided a kick of heat was needed. I thought immediately of a brilliant chilli jam a good family friend made many years ago. If it stuck in my head for 15 years, then it must be good. I emailed Mum and asked for our friend Marg’s recipe. The recipe makes about 2 litres, which you can keep in sterilised jars for months. Alternatively just halve or quarter the recipe. The chilli jam scored loads of compliments at our supper clubs – thanks for the recipe Marg!

Sweet Potato Fritters

1kg sweet potatoes
2tsp soy sauce
100g plain flour
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp caster sugar
3tbsp chopped spring onion
1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh red chilli
butter for frying

Roast the sweet potatoes whole in a moderate oven until they are soft. I often do this the day before. Once cool you can strip off the skin really easily. Mix the sweet potato flesh with the remaining ingredients (except butter), until smooth. The mixture is kind of sticky, not runny. To cook the fritters, melt butter in a frying pan on medium heat and cook the fritters in dollops of about 3 tablespoons of the batter. Fry for about 6 minutes each side. You want them to go really brown – don’t worry if they burn a little, it will just add to the flavour. Sit cooked fritters on paper towel. You can keep them warm in the oven whilst you finish the other fritters.

Coriander Creme Fraiche

100g creme fraiche (Greek yoghurt also works well)
2tbsp olive oil
1tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp coriander, chopped
1/2 tbsp ground cumin salt andĀ pepper

Mix all ingredients together and season to taste. You can make this the day before and keep refrigerated.

Tomato and avocado salsa

2 tomatoes
2 avocados
2tbsp coriander, chopped
juice of 1 lime
1/2tbsp sumac

Dice tomatoes. Dice avocado and squeeze with lime to avoid it turning brown. Mix all ingredients and season. You want a nice tangy-ness from the sumac, so taste and add more if necessary. I also add ground lemon myrtle leaf to mine, but this is not essential.

Marg’s Chilli Jam

2kg plum tomatoes
150ml olive oil
10 small red chillies, cut in half
20 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped/minced
50g fresh ginger, grated
2tbsp cumin seeds
2tbsp mustard seeds
1tbsp turmeric
50ml fish sauce
200ml red wine vinegar
200g brown sugar
salt and pepper

Place the tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and roast in a moderate oven until the skins start to blister and burst. This took about 45 minutes for me. Combine chillies, garlic, ginger, cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, fish sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and olive oil in a food processor and blend to a puree (alternatively, put them all in a large saucepan and blitz with a wand blender/bar mix). Transfer tomatoes and puree to a large saucepan and cook over a very low heat for 1.5-2 hours, stirring often, until the tomatoes have broken up and the sauce has a jam consistency. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper. You can keep it in sterilised jars for several months. For immediate use, just keep in a tupper ware in the fridge.

Assembling The Fritters

Whilst fritters are re-heating/keeping warm in the oven, fry some slices of halloumi. On each plate place a generous spoonful of the salsa to one side. Next up a fritter, then a slice of halloumi, another fritter, the creme fraiche sauce and a dollop of chilli jam. It’s ready! I provided more creme fraiche sauce and chilli jam on the table for people to help themselves. I also served with a side of bacon, but it’s really not essential.

Also must try thgese fritters :

  • Zucchini fritters
  • Cauliflower fritters
  • Mashed sweet potato fritters


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