2 medium sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into cubes
1 1/2 cup wilted spinach (see instructions below)
1 large brown onion, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, diced
4 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp tapioca (cassava) or arrowroot flour
Oil for frying (you can use coconut oil, macadamia oil, ghee or even duck fat, which would be totally decadent)
1. To get 1 1/2 cups of wilted spinach you can either use frozen spinach and place it in really hot water to thaw out and then squeeze as much water out with your hands so youre left with soft, wet but not dripping spinach mass you can chop; or you can get 2 bunches of spinach and sauté them in a little water for about one minute until they are completely moist and shrunk in size (thats what wilted looks like). Then cool down and squeeze the excess water out before chopping.
2. Place cubed sweet potato in a saucepan of cold water and bring to boil.
3. Cook for 10 minutes until soft when poked through with a knife.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté onion for 10 minutes on medium/low heat until translucent and golden brown. Add chopped spinach, garlic, lemon zest and thyme leaves and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drizzle with lemon juice.
4. Strain the sweet potato completely and return to a bowl. Mash with a fork or a potato masher, its ok if its not completely smooth.
5. Add spinach mix, salt, pepper and tapioca flour and mix well together.
6. Heat a thin layer of fat or oil in a frying pan until sizzling hot and turn to medium heat.
7. Wet your hands and roll equal amounts of potato and spinach mixture into small balls, a bit smaller than a golf ball.
8. Gently place in a hot frying pan, leaving a little space in between balls.
9. Fry for 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown crust forms, making sure to turn over gently using a fork and a spatula. I do 3-4 sides (top, bottom, left and right) so theyre evenly crispy. Add a little more fat or oil as needed.