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Sweet Potato Cakes with Yellow Corn, Basil and Goat Cheese

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely grated
1 large egg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons thyme leaves
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cobs (about 3 cups)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons sliced basil
Lemon wedges, for serving

In a medium bowl, combine the grated sweet potatoes and onion. Squeeze dry in a clean kitchen towel, then stir in the egg, flour and thyme; season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Spoon eight 1/4-cup mounds of the sweet potato mixture into the oil and pat them into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the sweet potato cakes to a platter and keep warm.

Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the corn and cook, stirring, until some of the kernels are browned, about 3 minutes. Spoon the corn over the sweet potato cakes, sprinkle with the goat cheese and basil and serve with lemon wedges.

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