Being raised by german parents and then attending a college without a football team the odds of me watching the Super Bowl are pretty much stacked against me. We spent our sunday nights watching America’s Funniest Home Videos – totally patriotic in its own special way if you ask me! So I may not know much about football but do know a thing or two about snacks. If you’ve got plans to watch the big game and need a little game-day eats inspiration I’m thinking these fritters are just the thing. Bibb or butter lettuce makes the perfect vehicle for these little fried potato cakes. Fry ‘em up and top with sour cream if you’re feeling rowdy or bake them and serve with greek yogurt – either way it’s a party!
Sweet Potato and Apple Fritters in Bibb Lettuce Boats
2 to 3 sweet potatoes peeled and coarsely grated
1 apple, coarsely grated
1 small yellow onion, coarsely grated
1/3 cup of all-purpose flour or chickpea flour works great here too!
2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
a few tablespoons of neutral high heat oil or butter for frying the fritters
1 head of Bibb or butter lettuce
about 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
fresh parsley for garnish
Peel the sweet potatoes and grate them on the large holes of your box grater or with your food processor using the grater attachment. Do the same thing with the apple and onion. Place contents in a large bowl and mix together with the flour and salt and pepper so that the flour is evenly distributed. Next, add in the eggs and mix well. Heat the oil in a pan on medium/high heat. Form patties of the mixture with your hands or with a spoon (about 3 tablespoons of mixture per patty). Drop them into the hot pan and cook 2 to 3 minutes per side. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and serve the fritters in bibb lettuce boats with a tiny dollop of sour cream and parsley leaf for garnish.
Alternatively you could bake the fritters. Preheat the oven to 400F. Form all the patties and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes then flip them over and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes.
If you’re frying the fritters and want them all hot at the same time. Just place the already fried fritters on a baking sheet and warm in the oven at 350F for 7 to 10 minutes.