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Sweet Potato Croquettes with Cheese and Bacon

Sweet Potato Croquettes with Cheese and Bacon

The sweet potato is dense and floury.
The melted cheese and bacon inside are delicious.
Almond slices add more flavor and a nutty fragrance.

Ingredients: 4 servings (12 croquettes)

Japanese sweet potatoes (medium size)
450 g
Bacon
3 slices
Processed cheese
about 70 g
Butter
50 g
Salt and pepper
To taste
Egg (for the croquette filling)
1
Egg (for the coating)
1
Bread (strong) flour (or cake flour if you don't have any)
As needed
Sliced almonds
50 g
Panko
As needed
Oil for deep frying
As needed
Tomato ketchup (to serve with the croquettes)
As needed

Steps

1. Cut the sweet potatoes into 3 cm thick slices. Place into a bowl of water and drain, then steam in a steamer for 20 minutes.
2. If a bamboo skewer goes through a piece easily they are ready. If you don't have a steamer, you can microwave the potatoes.
3. Take the skin off the sweet potatoes while they're still hot. Put in a bowl with a little salt and pepper and 50 g of butter.
4. Mash up the sweet potato while it's still hot with a potato masher. The butter will melt immediately too if the potato is still hot.
5. Heat up a frying pan over medium heat without any oil. Cut the bacon up into 1 cm pieces and stir-fry quickly until lightly browned.
6. Add the bacon and cheese, that's been diced into 1 cm pieces, to the mashed potato and mix well. It's better at this point if the potato has cooled down a bit so that the cheese won't melt.
7. Add an egg to the bowl and mix well.
8. Divide the mixture and form into balls.
9. Coat the balls in bread flour (or cake flour), egg, sliced almonds or panko.
10. Put some oil into a frying pan, heat to 180°C and shallow fry the croquettes. I prefer to shallow fry them and roll them around since it saves on oil.
11. If you fry them in a little oil, they turn out like this. Make sure not to let them burn and roll them around as they cook.
12. They should have a nice golden brown finish. Drain away the excess oil on paper towels.
13. They're delicious with some ketchup. Give it a try!

Story Behind this Recipe

We harvested a ton of sweet potatoes, so I tried making some of them into croquettes instead of using regular potatoes. It turned out quite delicious and got rave reviews!