aka Mom and Mollie’s Jamaican Yam Balls
Mollie Katzen’s luscious, hand-lettered cookbooks have been a source of inspiration for generations, with their whimsical drawings and well-crafted recipes.The seed for this recipe came from her “Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant,” though, as is so often the case with beloved recipes passed from hand to hand, it has already undergone transformations from each subsequent cook who has made it their own. Although I own several of Mollie’s cookbooks, I don’t own this one; however, a version of this recipe in my mother’s handwriting is tucked in my book of favorite recipes. Over the years I’ve made my own adjustments; perhaps you will do the same. A standout winter recipe that practically reinvents the sweet potato.
Any variety of sweet potato may be used, but Garnet is preferred for its rich orange color. (The original recipe calls for parsley instead of cilantro, omits the turmeric, and uses vegetable oil for frying. In case you’re curious…)
Makes about 20 balls.
Add the onion, milk, butter, ginger and turmeric, flour, and cilantro.
Blend the mixture until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste; if the breadcrumbs are salted, reduce the amount of salt.
Heat 1/4 cup coconut oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
Drop the sweet potato balls into the hot oil. Brown on all sides and set aside to drain.
Keep the finished balls warm in oven until all are ready.
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