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dusting powered sugar on the sweet potato fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters and Hot Butter Rum Sauce

  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Fried nuggets of spice-flavored batter made with sweet potatoes, dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect sweet potato fritters anytime.


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For the Sweet Potato Fritters:

For the Hot Butter Rum Sauce:


For the Sweet Potato Fritters:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the sweet potato on a small baking sheet (paid link). Roast in the oven for 55-60 minutes until the sweet potato is tender throughout. Set it to the side when done and allow it to cool until it is cool enough to handle.
  2. In a large bowl, add the sweet potato and mash using a potato masher (paid link). Add ricotta, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend until well combined using a hand mixer (paid link). Add in your eggs one at a time, blending until the batter is smooth. Fold in self-rising a little at a time. Do not overmix.
  3. In a deep saucepan, add the oil until it’s 3 inches deep. Once the oil reaches 375°F, drop batter into the oil using an ice cream scooper or medium-sized spoon.
  4. Deep fry from 2-3 minutes, flipping each fritter as it browns. Your fritter should be golden brown when done. Ensure the oil retains its temperature of 375°F in between batches.
  5. Remove fritters from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain.

For the Hot Buttered Rum Dipping Sauce:

  1. Heat a small pot to medium-low, then add butter, allowing it to melt.
  2. In a separate small pot, add water and bring to a boil, then set it to the side.
  3. Pour dark rum, 1 cup powdered sugar, and boiled water into the pot with butter and stir, bringing a slight bubble. Add hot buttered rum mix while continuing to stir.
  4. Once combined, add remaining powdered sugar and occasionally stir while cooking on low for 5 to 8 minutes. Add vanilla, stir to combine, then remove from heat.


You can substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour by adding 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon (1 gram) kosher salt to your all-purpose flour.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Deep Fry
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3
  • Calories: 514
  • Sugar: 61.6g
  • Sodium: 334mg
  • Fat: 12.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 86.1g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 9.5g
  • Cholesterol: 88mg

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