Sweet Potato Rostis

Felt we should do a bit more cooking but found we had a somewhat limited supply in the cupboard. These were very easy to source and make and tasted absolutely delicious. We served ours up with a bit of Alaskan cod purchased from Sainsubrys, very, very yum and not a single bone found!!!

IMG_2492  This recipe comes from our River Cottage Light and Easy book. The recipe states to serve 2-3 however I think its fair to say its enough for a side for 4. So peel one fairly large orange sweet potato and grate it into a bowl. Add 1/2 a small onion or 1 banana shallot chopped, 1 large beaten egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix it all together well. To follow this heat a thin layer of oil (either rapeseed or sunflower) and spoon the sweet potato mix into a hot pan and platen with a spatula.

IMG_2491Cook over a medium heat for four minutes until slight browning occurs and then turn carefully and cook for a further four minutes, serve and enjoy. Don’t worry if they fall apart a bit, we have made this again without really bothering to try make the patties, however the egg does hold them together pretty well. We served our with pan fried Brussels sprouts cooked in salt, pepper and chilli.

I just found this website with an apparent 9 benefits of sweet potato. First of all they are high in vitamin B6, which helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies. This is good as homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps with everything from bone and tooth growth to keeping your skin looking young. Thirdly, sweet potato contains vitamin D which is critical for immune health. Sweet potato contains iron, magnesium and potassium which all help to regulate the immune system and keep your heart healthy and your stress levels at a low.  Possibly the best news of all is that they contains carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants which could help to ward off of cancer and protect the body against the negative effects of aging. You can look at what I have found…along with more sweet potato recipes at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-reasons-to-love-sweet-potatoes.html .

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