Rating: 3.75 stars
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Cooked, mashed sweet potatoes are molded around brown sugar and coconut, rolled in sesame seeds and deep fried in this unique snack.

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Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, knead together potatoes, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, salt and water to form a stiff dough. In a separate bowl, combine coconut and brown sugar. Form potato dough into small balls; make a well in the center and fill with coconut mixture; close up hole and reshape balls. Roll in sesame seeds, then in remaining cornstarch.

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  • Heat oil in deep-fryer or deep, heavy-bottomed pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry balls in oil until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

623 calories; protein 6.1g; carbohydrates 45.1g; fat 49.2g; sodium 34.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
I made these last Thanksgiving. They are very good. I did mix the brown sugar and coconut in with the sweet potatoes to save time and added pecans didn't roll in cornstarch also drizzled lightly with heated maple syrup. Thanks for submitting. Read More
(9)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2005
As stated by other reviewers - i have to mix a lot of flour in with these to form a dough and then i had a really hard time stuffing them. I ended up mixing the coconut and brown sugar with the dough and used a minimarshmallow to form the ball around. Turned out really good - I was also thinking pineapple or bananna pieces would make a good center. Read More
(10)
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
11/25/2005
As stated by other reviewers - i have to mix a lot of flour in with these to form a dough and then i had a really hard time stuffing them. I ended up mixing the coconut and brown sugar with the dough and used a minimarshmallow to form the ball around. Turned out really good - I was also thinking pineapple or bananna pieces would make a good center. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
I made these last Thanksgiving. They are very good. I did mix the brown sugar and coconut in with the sweet potatoes to save time and added pecans didn't roll in cornstarch also drizzled lightly with heated maple syrup. Thanks for submitting. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2005
These were very good. But like another reviewer said it was hopeless to get that goop to form into balls without adding flour & even then it was difficult. Next time we will put it in a deep dish & layer the potato mash & then some of the coconut & suger & then potato again. Top with a bit more of the sugar mix & bake a bit to melt it. The sesame seeds can be overpowering in flavour so will use only a little. They sure tasted good though. Read More
(4)
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2004
My husband loved these; I thought they were just OK. I had a hard time "stuffing" the sweet potato balls--they ended up huge by the time I was finished! Also the balls came out super greasy even though I have a timed deep fryer with a temperature gauge. I did add some sugar cinnamon and vanilla extract to the mashed sweet potatoes which was yummy. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
06/29/2016
They were good but need something to add "kick". I'd suggest curry powder or cumin. The also need more sweetness to balance the "kick| (if added )And give more flavour. The coconut adds a nice bit of texture but not much flavour. I didn't have the poppy seeds to roll the balls in. I also agree with the commenters about adding flour. The balls are too soft and mushy without anything to firm it up. The small amount of cornstarch does nothing at all to thicken the mixture. I gave up on stuffing the balls after a few attempts and just rolled them into the coconut. My own bad was not paying attention to the recommended temperature and then keeping that temp steady. Overall a decent recipe that could be better with some tweaks Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/02/2005
Extremely disappointing. Maybe I shouldn't have boiled the sweet potato because it was wet and mushy after cooking and mashing and there was no way I was going to be able to shape it around the coconut and brown sugar. I had to mix all of the first 6 ingredients together and add a lot of flour to be able to make anything that was firm enough to even resemble balls. They weren't too bad after frying (they looked like little donut holes) but the inside was still mushy potato. I would rather have had donuts. Read More
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