Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters

These little sweet potato maple bacon fritters are my happiest culinary mistake ever. I originally intended to bread them and fry them as bigger croquettes, but when I tried to bread the first one it just fell apart. It was time to regroup and rethink what I wanted to do with all of the croquette filling I had made. I worked so hard to make it and there was no way I was wasting it!

Sweet potatoes make me happy.
Sweet potatoes make me happy and I especially love them this time of year. They became the yummy base of my ill fated croquette filling. I cut them into small chunks so that they boiled more quickly. They became tender after about 20 minutes.
The batter for the sweet potato maple bacon fritters.
Once the sweet potatoes were cool enough to handle, I put them through my potato ricer into the bowl with my other yummy ingredients. There was lots of cooked bacon, maple syrup, cream cheese, and other goodies. It was a gorgeous, smooth and incredibly flavorful mixture.
The sweet potato maple bacon fritters frying away!
The problem was that the mixture was too liquid to bread. Then, inspiration hit. I decided to use my cookie scoop to drop perfect little dollops of the batter right into my hot oil. It was the perfect, simple solution to my recipe testing dilemma.
The sweet potato maple bacon fritters draining on the paper towel, all gorgeous and golden.
When the sweet potato maple bacon fritters came out of the oil, they were so crispy and amazing. I drained them on a paper towel lined plate so that they weren’t too greasy.

Once they had drained and cooled just a bit, I served them immediately. Anything that is deep fried is really best right out of the fryer, but there is away to make them a little ahead of time. Transfer them to a lined baking sheet, then put them into a 300 degree oven to keep them hot and as crispy as possible until you are ready to serve them. These sweet potato maple bacon fritters just had such incredible flavor. There was the sweetness of the maple syrup and brown sugar, then the savory bacon and smokey paprika. They will wow anyone you serve them to. Hubby went absolutely bonkers for them! My culinary disaster turned into treasure and I was so excited about them. Hope you all love them too!

Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters
Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters

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Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters
Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 30 fritters
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 6 whole sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
  • kosher salt for the boiling water
  • 4 slices bacon (maple bacon if you can!)
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 whole shallot peeled and finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese (bacon scallion if you have it!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon hickory smoked sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Vegetable oil as needed for frying
Instructions
  1. Get a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Boil the sweet potato chunks until they are completely tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, cook the 4 strips of bacon until they are crispy. Crumble them up and get them into a mixing bowl along with the 4 eggs, shallot, maple syrup, brown sugar, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and paprika.
  3. When the potatoes are done, drain them and let them cool. Then put them all through either a potato ricer or food mill right into the mixing bowl with the other ingredients. Give the mixture a big stir until it is uniform and smooth.
  4. Heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil in a pot over medium high heat. Use a deep fry thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil, keep it in the oil the entire time you are frying.
  5. When the oil reaches 320 degrees, use a heaping tablespoon to scoop the batter right into the oil in batches of 6. Let them fry until golden and crispy on the outside, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer them when they are done with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel so they can drain. Repeat until the batter is gone.
  6. When the fritters are all done, serve them immediately. They are fantastic dipped in ketchup!

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11 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Maple Bacon Fritters”

  1. Great dish to bring to a party! I just wanted to let you know that I have a food photo submission site (Simply Creative Recipes) and I am linking to this post if you don’t mind. You are welcome to submit your recipes if you’d like!

    1. Oh wow, thank you so much!! That means a lot that you enjoy my recipe posts!! I took a look and I’m going to have to think about your wonderful questions, I’ll have a post up in the next few days about it. Here’s to fun blogging! 🙂 xx

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