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Carolina Sweet Potato Fritters

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Corn oil for deep-frying

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat slightly, and cook for 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel potatoes, slice ¼-inch thick, and pat dry with paper towels. Preheat oven to 250˚. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt and pepper, and stir till well blended. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and vegetable oil till well blended, add to dry mixture, and beat till batter is smooth. In a deep-fryer or large, deep skillet or saucepan, heat about 1½ inches of corn oil to 375˚ on a deep-fat thermometer. Dip potato slices, a few at a time, into batter, drop into oil, fry till golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side, and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle salt on top, keep warm in the oven (do not cover) while other potatoes are frying, and serve immediately.

 

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