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Sweet Potato Fritters with Bacon-Shallot Jam

Serves: Makes 8 fritters

Ingredients:

  • Bacon jam:
  • 8 ounces smoked bacon slices; cut crosswise into ¼-inch wide pieces
  • 2 cups shallots, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Fritters:
  • 1 cup sweet potato purée
  • ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, for frying


Procedures:

Think of bacon jam as a misnomer as it is really more of a relish—it is not as sweet and set as regular fruit jam. The flavor combination of sweet, sour and salty is very addictive, and is a lovely complement to the sweet potato fritters. Both can be made ahead and the fritters warmed through in the oven just before serving.

To prepare bacon jam: Place bacon pieces in a large skillet and place on the stove over medium heat. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy, about 9 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

Return the skillet to medium-low heat; add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat and stir in the bacon. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a small mixing bowl and set aside.

To prepare fritter batter: While the jam is cooking, prepare the fritter batter. In a bowl, use a whisk to thoroughly combine the sweet potato purée, ricotta, sugar, chives and cinnamon until smooth. Stir in the egg until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Using a silicone spatula, fold the flour mixture into the potato mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper, if needed

To cook fritters: Add the oil to a large skillet and when shimmering, carefully place heaping tablespoons of the mixture into the skillet, work in batches to avoid overcrowding of the skillet. Cook until fritters are golden-brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Using a spatula, remove from the skillet and place onto a paper towel lined plate.

To serve: Arrange the cooked fritters onto a large serving platter and place a teaspoon of bacon-shallot jam on top of each one. Serve immediately.

Tested and perfected in the Sur la Table kitchen

 
 
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