Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potato Cakes are the perfect snack! Cheesy on the inside, and so crispy on the outside!
4cupsmashed sweet potatoes(we used 5 medium-sized sweet potatoes)
2cupsgrated mozzarella cheese
1/4cupfresh grated parmesan cheese
1/2cupgreen onions(scallions or green shallots), chopped
2large cloves of garlicfinely chopped (or 2 tablespoons minced garlic)
2tablespoonsfreshly chopped parsley
salt and fresh cracked black pepper,to taste
TO MAKE MASHED SWEET POTATOES:
OVEN BAKED: Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Wash, peel and cut sweet potatoes into quarters or 6 pieces, depending on how large they are (we do ours in 6 pieces). Arrange onto baking sheet; drizzle with a small amount of oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover baking sheet with foil and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. (Baking time will depend on how large they have been cut.) Transfer cooked sweet potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash well with a potato masher.
STOVE TOP: Fill a large 5 Quart (or 5 litre) pot with water and add about 1 tablespoon of salt. Wash, peel and cut sweet potatoes into quarters or 6 pieces, depending on size, and add them to the pot. Cook until easily pierced with a fork. Drain; transfer to a mixing bowl and mash well with a potato masher.
TO MAKE THE SWEET POTATO CAKES:
To the mashed sweet potatoes in the bowl, add the mozzarella, parmesan, green onions, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, garlic, parsley and egg. Season with salt and pepper, and mash all ingredients together well with a potato masher to combine.
Place remaining 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs onto a plate. Scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture into the palm of your hands and form into round patties about 1/2-inch thick. Dredge patties in the bread crumbs, evenly covering both sides, and set aside until ready to cook.
Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium-sized nonstick pan over low-medium heat. When oil is hot, add the patties in batches of 4 or 5, and cook for about 6 minutes on each side, or until golden and crispy, using a small spatula to flip them very carefully. Add more oil in between batches if needed.
Do not replace breadcrumbs with flour. We tried this and they were super gooey in the centre. The breadcrumbs absorb some of the moisture of the sweet potatoes, and set better. They will still be softer than potato cakes, but not gooey.