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Sweet Potato Pancake & Goat Cheese Salad

March 15, 2011

Last week, after picking up our CSA delivery, I just wanted to eat something crisp and fresh. Probably because getting through all of our leafy greens before they wilt is one of the hardest parts, so I set out to attack it head on.

This salad was a little bit of an experiment and somehow ended up coming together in into something FANTASTIC. I love making potato pancakes, and every time we get bunches and bunches of scallions it is my go to to use them up. We didn’t have any regular potatoes and had such a plethora of sweet potatoes I figured I would give it a try. 

The salad turned out bright, crunchy, creamy and sweet all at the same time. I couldn’t bring my self to eat it slowly – and thats pretty big given how slow of an eater I normally am. Without further ado I give you

Sweet Potato Pancake & Goat Cheese Salad

Sweet Potato Pancake:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 egg
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Grate the sweet potatoes on a box grater. Combine in a bowl with egg, scallions, salt and pepper. Let it all rest for about 5-10 minutes as the sweet potato will sweat out some if its liquid. You could probably try to strain the potatoes out more before you combine, but I wasn’t that patient. In a skillet warm a few tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat. Get your hands in the bowl and form balls about the size of pool balls (whatelse is between a golf ball and baseball? that works, right??) squeezing out any excess liquid. Place the 2-3 balls in the hot skillet and press down with a spatula to form pancakes. Let them cook about 5 minutes on each side, until crispy and brown. Place on a paper towel lined cooling rack to cool and to drain off any excess oil.

(The above quantity of ingredients gave me about 6 pancakes, feel free to scale down or up as needed)

Salad:

Lettuce
Red Cabbage
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
Balsamic Vinegar
Goat Cheese (home made if you’ve got it :-))

I’m not going to tell you portions here because, well, its a salad. You pretty much gotta wing it with a salad, not everyone has the same desires here. I chopped up lettuce and cabbage and placed in a large bowl, a drizzle of olive oil, a couple splashes of lemon juice and a drizzle of balsamic. Toss with your hands. Taste. Add any more of the 3 above as desired. Top with dabs of goat cheese, add your potato pancakes and VIOLA!

I think some of the best meals are unintentionally vegetarian and this is a perfectly delicious example. Enjoy! 

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