Spring is in the air, which means St. Patty’s Day isn’t too far behind. Though I’m not huge on going out and drinking all the whiskey (my liver isn’t Irish, I can’t hang), I am a fan of hosting a little shindig at my place.
I was trying to think of yummy Irish treats to make that didn’t involve corned beef, ham or any other meat-related item. I also didn’t want to mess with any food coloring to turn things green. I wanted something savory and something I could eat with my hands. Oh, and leaning more towards the healthy side. I know, I didn’t make it easy on myself! Then it hit me. Potato pancakes! That’s an Irish tradition I can get behind. How do I make those healthy you ask? Well instead of a traditional potato I used a sweet one. I wanted to incorporate something green so I grabbed a Granny Smith apple. Hmmm… what else could I add to this concoction? I looked at my fruit/veggie basket and saw a sweet onion. That will work! Trust me, I know those things do not sound like they go together and at this point I was just winging it, but surprisingly enough they turned out AMAZING.
So if you’re into potato pancakes and St Patrick’s day, here’s my super delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes with green apple.
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Green Apple
1 large sweet potato
1/2 a granny smith apple
1/4 of a sweet onion
1/8-ish cup of all purpose flour
1/2-ish tsp salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of pumpkin spice (I wanted to use nutmeg but I didn’t have any)
avocado oil for frying
First, peel and grate the sweet potato. Then, wrap the potato in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the excess water out. This MUST be done in order for them to cook properly.
Grate the granny smith apple and press between paper towels to get rid of the excess moisture.
Grate the sweet onion (you do not need to squeeze this).
Put all of those ingredients into a bowl with the egg and mix together.
Add the salt, pepper, pumpkin spice, and flour. Mix well.
Heat 1 tablespoon or so of the avocado oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add your potato mixture by rounded spoonfuls. Flatten with the back of the spoon once in the pan.
Cook for about 3 minutes per side or until golden, then flip and do the same thing. Serve while warm. I served mine with a side of plain greek yogurt.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!