What’s this mama trying to get baby to eat this week?! Sweet Potatoes. I was given some farm fresh ‘taters and was happy to share them with my little man. Sweet potatoes were among the first foods I fed my son. They make nice creamy puree and are sweet, which makes them appealing to most babies. My son still enjoys sweet potatoes when I feed them to him pureed. And of course he loves using a spoon to eat them himself (aka, sling them across the dining room and get very little in his belly). In efforts to move away from me feeding him and the not so efficient mess, I set out on a mission to concoct a sweet potato finger food. I tried serving them to him cubed, but he wasn’t interested. I have not tried sweet potato fries, though I bet he would like those. I decided to try mini sweet potato cakes, something he can hold, dip (the new BIG thing), easily chew and swallow. Here’s what I came up with.
Sweet Potato Cakes:
Ingredients: 3 cups sweet potatoes (about 3 medium sweet potatoes), 1 egg, 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, olive oil for frying
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and prick sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil and place sweet potatoes on it. Bake for 45mins to 60mins until soft.
2. When finished baking, scoop the sweet potato insides out and let cool.
3. Once cooled, mix sweet potato, egg, flour and cinnamon together until smooth.
4. Coat bottom of frying pan with olive oil. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Use a tablespoon and scoop spoonfuls of the sweet potato mixture into the frying pan when oil is hot. Flatten scoop into a patty shape using the back of the spoon.
5. Fry sweet potato cakes over medium heat approximately 3-5 mins on each side gently flipping, cook until golden brown.
6. Serve, refrigerate or freeze.
7. In the spirit of Halloween tonight, I used some left over beet puree to make Jack-O-Lanterns. Bon Appe’tit baby!
These make for good finger foods. My son eats them better when I cut the cakes up into quarters. He also likes to dip them in ketchup. I chalk these up to a win! If your little likes sweet potatoes, may want to give these a try. Check out more finger food recipes here. Happy Halloween!
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