Spicy Sweet Potato Bites

Ever since doing my first Whole 30, I’ve been all about that sweet potato.  This is a recipe from The Wonky Spatula, but I’ve just adjusted it ever so slightly to make it a bit simpler. I’ve doubled the original recipe because I’m always left wanting more – great as a side dish or for entertaining a group. Because of the way I cook my sweet potatoes and how fine I like to chop stuff (dad calls me slice-and-dice), this isn’t particularly fast, but it’s easy. Can be made pretty fast if you do sweet potatoes the day before and get pre-chopped onion.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (I’ve tried a few colors, all are yummy!)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (bit less if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 tsp paprika (bit less if you don’t like spicy)
  • diced up pancetta, feel out the proportion
  • 1 egg
  • some coconut oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

  • Cook the sweet potatoes using this genius method while preparing everything else. This can even be done a day or two before.  Once their done, they should easily come out of their skins – mash ’em up in a bowl.
  • Pre-heat oven to 390F
  • Crisp up the pancetta in some coconut oil and throw into the mashed sweet potato bowl. (Note: I’ve also used prosciutto, also good, but I prefer pancetta)
  • In the same pan (get that flavor!), cook the onion and pepper to soften (about 2-3 minutes). No need to add additional oil.
  • Throw that in the sweet potato bowl too, along with the cayenne, paprika, and the egg. (If you want to taste the flavor/spice level, taste before adding the egg). Mix it all round so it’s a big mush and egg is mixed in.
  • Set up a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and using your hands, make some blobs – think tater tot-sized or meatball-sized.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Drizzle coconut oil over them, then bake another 10. Flip the tots (hardest part of the recipe), then bake another 7-10, until it gets a crisp that you like.

Best when served immediately, but they are delicious leftovers too. Even if they become mashed blobs, they are still tasty.

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