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Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt - a savory-sweet side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner! | foxeslovelemons.com

For about 2/3 of my life, I thought that I didn’t like sweet potatoes. Why were they so sweet? And why was that sweetness right there on my plate, mixing with the savory Thanksgiving goodies I enjoyed far more? It turned out, the only times I had ever even tried sweet potatoes were in casseroles that always included globs of brown sugar and those evil little mini-marshmallows. Again, I reiterate, why were marshmallows on my plate next to my turkey and gravy?

I’m so glad that my mother-in-law doesn’t keep marshmallows around. The first time I had Thanksgiving dinner with my husband’s family, I was inclined to pass along the sweet potatoes, knowing that I wouldn’t like them. But, because I was a first time guest, I obviously wanted to be as polite as possible, so I gingerly spooned a few potatoes onto my plate…

 

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt - a savory-sweet side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner! | foxeslovelemons.com

But wait! This wasn’t mashed sweet potato mush! These were actual chunks of potatoes, just simply roasted. There was a pinch of cinnamon, some salt and pepper, and some pecans in the mix, too. But no marshmallows. No cloying sweetness. And you know what? I discovered that sweet potatoes deserved a second chance.

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt - a savory-sweet side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner! | foxeslovelemons.com

Ever since that fateful Thanksgiving, I’ve been making up for lost time with sweet potatoes. Here, I’ve made some griddled sweet potato cakes mixed with just a smidge of maple syrup and some spices for a nice balance of spicy and sweet. And, because Greek yogurt goes with pretty much everything, I flavored it up with some curry powder for dipping.

So – sweet potatoes, I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t see your greatness beneath the marshmallows. I’m sorry I shunned you for 22 years. You’re beautiful, and you didn’t deserve the treatment I gave you. I’ll even take a Glamour Shot of you to try to make it up to you:

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt - a savory-sweet side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner! | foxeslovelemons.com

Update: On 10/24/13, this recipe was chosen as a Community Pick in Food52′s “Your Most Impressive Dinner Party Side” contest and professionally photographed by James Ransom:

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt - a savory-sweet side dish for breakfast, brunch or dinner! | foxeslovelemons.com

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt

Yield: Makes 6 cakes

Ingredients:

For the Curried Greek Yogurt:

  • 1 container (7 ounces) 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Maple Sweet Potato Cakes:

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup minced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Make Curried Greek Yogurt: In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  2. Make Maple Sweet Potato Cakes: Place shredded potato in a large bowl and toss with salt. Let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a second large bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, white pepper, paprika and cinnamon. Using your hands, squeeze all excess liquid out of potato; discard liquid. Add potato, onion and breadcrumbs to egg mixture; toss to combine well.
  4. Form potato mixture into 6 cakes (they should be about 3-1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2-inch thick). Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium high-heat. Spray griddle with nonstick spray; place potato cakes on griddle. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside, flattening with spatula as they cook and flipping occasionally. Serve immediately with Curried Greek Yogurt.

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5 Responses to “Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt”

  1. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — May 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    If left alone, the palate accepts most things as we grow up. I know I went through a phase when I didn´t like tomato sauce. And fish I can´t stand up to this day. But I love sweet potatoes! Though I agree with the marshmallow layer. Now this recipe is a wonderful thing!

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  2. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks Paula. It is interesting how the palate develops and changes over time. For a period of time, maybe from when I was 18 to about 26, I just didn’t like bacon. There was no real reason or any event that prompted this, I just stopped liking it one day. And then another day, it was OK again. So strange!

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  3. Laura Dembowski — May 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I also thought I hated sweet potatoes up until a few years ago, but now I LOVE them. They are my favorite just baked or turned into fries or in hash, I even love baking with them. And they are sooooo healthy.

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  4. Lori Yates — May 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

    oh yeah, sweet potato fries are the best!!

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  5. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — May 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Oh yeah, I forgot about sweet potato fries! They’re the best!

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