Did you know that purple sweet potatoes existed? I sure didn’t until last week.
These beauties from Frieda’s Produce have a denser flesh that isn’t quite as sweet as their orange counterparts. Man, are they beautiful though. The dark purple flesh reminds me beets, and it can stain your hands or clothes just like beets (learned that one the hard way).
I was originally going to use these to make purple sweet potato gnocchi. I had baked them earlier in the day, since it takes 1-2 hours, put Baby Snob to sleep, pulled out the recipe I was going to use only to figure out that it was going to take 2-3 hours from start to finish. When you start dinner at 7:30 p.m. and are in bed by 9:30 p.m., a 2-3 hour timeline doesn’t work. So, I scraped that idea and just made pancakes for Baby Snob and I in the morning instead.
I had a pound of ricotta cheese to make the gnocchi, so rather than let is waste away in there, I layered it with a drizzle of maple syrup on every pancake. All pancakes should be stuffed with ricotta cheese – every.last.one.
Ricotta Stuffed Purple Sweet Potato Pancakes (adapted from Bay Area Bites)
1 large purple sweet potato
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1. Pierce the sweet potato with a fork, wrap in foil and bake 1-2 hours at 350 degrees until soft. Once cooled, mash with a potato masher.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and egg yolks. Pour into flour mixture, add honey and mashed sweet potato and stir to combine.
4. Whip the egg whites until frothy. Gently fold in egg whites to batter.
5. Cook on a griddle or in a skillet with melted butter at low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Layer each pancake with the cheese and drizzle with maple syrup.
So maybe my rookie mistake of forgetting to read the recipe BEFORE making it didn’t turn out so bad after all.
Fluffy pancakes, creamy cheese and sweet syrup are always the right way to start the day!
Have you ever cooked with purple sweet potatoes? What did you make?
*Disclaimer: I was sent purple sweet potatoes from Frieda’s Produce to create this recipe. All opinions and ideas for this post are my own.