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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes III: Sweet Potato Fritters

I’ve been having fun with my deep fat fryer this weekend in pursuit of the ultimate in fried food for the celiac. You were hoping someone would do that, right? You don’t have to give up greasy fried food just because you can’t eat wheat. But you do have to make it yourself. Which is why I’m here. To help you, help yourself.

This recipe for gluten-free sweet potato fritters is so incredibly fast and easy. You just need your gluten-free bread crumbs and gluten-free flour. And the rest of these ingredients, all mushed together:

Honestly, I’ll fry anything but these sweet potato fritters seem perfect for the holiday, yes? You can go sweet or savory when you’re making fritters, and this recipe is decidedly sweet. The cinnamon really makes it work (alongside all that sugar, of course). In fact, I think rather than serving it along side Thanksgiving dinner you should consider this a dessert. Although I will try to sneak in some sweet potato to my kids in this donut-like form because I’m tricky like that.

Speaking of donuts (as I always do), I do believe one could tweak this recipe a bit and make actual light and airy donuts. In fact, I’ll get right on that as soon as I’m finished stuffing myself for this particular holiday. Because these fritters are good, you guys. I mean, can’t stop eating them good. But I must, to avoid that heart attack that is surely coming.

You know you want it! Here’s how.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Fritters

Prep time: 7 minutes Cook time: 1 hour plus 15 minutes

adapted from Epicurious


1 1-pound red-skinned sweet potato (yam)
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
3/4 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
1 tablespoon baking powder

1. Bake your sweet potato until soft all the way through — about one hour in a 400 degree oven, or 12 minutes in the microwave, flipping over halfway through cook time. Peel potato and mash with the melted butter.

2. Take one cup of the potato mash and mix with sugar, salt, cinnamon and egg. Whisk together dry ingredients, then add to the mixture.

3. Heat oil in a pan — enough to cover fritters — to 325 degrees, or fire up your deep fat fryer. Cook fritters until done, about 2  to 3 minutes, flipping over midway through.

4. Transfer to baking sheet, allow to cool for one minute, then sift powdered sugar on top. Serve!

Makes: 12 servings

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