Monday, October 10, 2011

Southwest Sweet Potato Bites with Cilantro Sour Cream

I recently discovered the savory side of sweet potatoes.

Since then, I've been on a mission to find more ways to use them.

I've had sweet potaotes one way or another 4 times in the last two weeks!

I saw something similar to these on Pinterest.

They were fried and served with some kind of black bean and corn garnish though.

So, my mind went to work, how could I make something similar and not fried!  Seems most of the recipes similar to this are fried. These are going to have a soft texture but should be able to hold their shape. 
They might be perfect to serve at a holiday party.  They make a great finger food.

 Yesterday, I starting throwing a bunch of stuff in a bowl and whallah!!!

I've created a great little finger food with a southwestern flavor.

Let's Get Started:

Southwest Sweet Potato Bites with Cilantro Sour Cream

3 large sweet potatoes-mashed (I roasted mine with a little olive oil and salt and pepper, they can be baked)
1 (4 ounce) can of chopped green chiles-juices drained
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
salt and pepper as desired

1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro (I put mine in the food processor)
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon cumin

Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

I roasted my sweet potatoes with a little olive oil and salt pepper,  the potatoes can be baked also. 

In a large bowl combined the cooked sweet potatoes (skins removed) and mash (I used a fork).  Add flour, eggs, green chiles, and spices.  Mix until well combined. 

Spray a 9 x13 baking pan with a non stick cooking spray.

Spoon sweet potato mixture on to prepared pan. About 1 1/2 tablespoons per bite.

I used my spoon to move the mixture around so that they would be as close to a circle or oval shape as I could get them.

Bake for 12 minutes on one side, flip, lightly pat down and bake for another 10-12 minutes.

Let cool before topping with sour cream

Cilantro Sour Cream

Combine sour cream, finely chopped cilantro, lime juice and cumin.  Mix well. 

Add a small spoon full to each sweet potato bite and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.


  1. I love sweet potatoes and the cilantro sour cream sounds perfect. :)

  2. This looks so good. Cilantro sour cream... yum!

  3. Great appetizer recipe! You have done a great job bringing these flavors together. I may be leaving this post, but I will be leaving it with a definite craving for this-yum!

  4. I make the cilantro sour cream for everything mexican we eat. My daughter likes to eat it with chips!

  5. How fun are these!! Perfect for football parties!

  6. I used to only like sweet potatoes in sweet dishes, but I'm coming to love them more in savory! This is a great recipe. Don't you just loev pintrest?!?!? I see so many great ideas there!

  7. Pinterest is so addictive and such an inspiration. I'm constantly finding things I want to make or that spark ideas. I'm not a fan of the sweet dishes made with sweet potatoes. I've just recently realized I can do savory things with them instead. These little bites were great and I couldn't stop eating them. In my opinion they need the sour cream or something creamy to top them or dip them in.

  8. I am all about that cilantro sour cream. I am going to make it tomorrow when we have tacos! And these sweet potato bites look so good too! Yup, love all of this!

  9. If you made it so many times it must be realy tasty:)

  10. What a great appetizer! You can't go wrong with sweet potatoes! (or cilantro :D!!!)

  11. You cannot imagine how much I wish I was not on a diet... It really looks delicious! The addition of sour cream must give this appetizer a perfect taste!