Sunday, March 14, 2010

Green Eggs and Yam

In my quest to use up a boatload of sweet potatoes, I asked my daughter, Taylor, how she would like them prepared. Taylor wanted me to make sweet potato hash browns, but I was afraid that they wouldn’t get very crunchy unless I added a few things. What I finally ended up making looked more like a sweet potato pancake (in fact, I imagine you could just sub the flour for some matzo meal and you would have a nice sweet potato pancake for Passover). Then, because I wanted to make more of a meal out of it, I topped one of the pancakes with an egg. I now had Yam and Eggs. Hee Hee. But wait! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! Let me bring out my inner Dr. Seuss and present to you the final (and green!) creation:

Green Eggs and Yam

6 Sweet Potato Pancakes
6 poached eggs (not sure how to poach an egg? Click here: How to Poach an Egg
1/4  cup prepared pesto

Simply place a poached egg on the top of each sweet potato pancake and spoon a teaspoon or two of  pesto over the top of each one. Don't like pesto? Spoon a little creamed spinach over the top of the eggs. Delish!

Sweet Potato Pancakes:
Printable Recipe

1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded (about 4 cups)
½ cup grated sweet onion
1 egg, slightly beaten
¼ cup all purpose flour (add more flour if the mixture is too wet)
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Vegetable oil for frying

Stir together all of the ingredients (except the vegetable oil) until well-blended.

Heat oil (about ½ cup, or enough to cover the bottom of the pan) in a large skillet on high until hot, but not smoking. Reduce the heat to medium/high and drop sweet potato mixture into the pan by ¼ cups (about 3 pancakes per pan; don’t overcrowd). Flatten each pancake slightly with a spatula and fry until browned and crisp on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn pancakes and repeat. If the pancakes start to brown too quickly, turn down the heat to medium. Remove from pan to a paper towel lined plate. Keep warm in a 200 degree oven, if desired. Salt to taste.

As you can see, I still haven't graduated to a food processor. If anyone from Kichenaid is reading this, I would be more than happy to review a model for you..... ;)

These are tasty little things all on their own. I had to pull a few away from my husband, so that I could top them with the eggs.

I tried to turn the eggs green by putting some spinach leaves in the water with the eggs, but it didn't work....I'll have to pay more attention to how they did it on Food Network.

The pesto on this is really good, but I'm thinking I would like the creamed spinach just as well. I will definately make these again.


  1. Those are awesome!!!! That yolk is sublime

  2. not sure about the green eggs, but I like the yam. Never liked runny eggs.

    You are definitely a food artist!

  3. I would very much like to have those sweet potato pancakes...I will eat them on atrain, I will eat them on a bus etc...;).

  4. I love the idea of pesto over eggs over a crunchy sweet potato. This sounds awesome! I certainly could use a plate full for breakfast right now, but as I don't have anything at home but the eggs I will have to settle for wishing.

  5. You're too funny! I think I'd like the yam patties all by themselves. How delicious do they look?

    Thanks for posting this.

  6. Awesome! Not only is it hilarious, but those pancakes (and the yolk!) look wicked good.

  7. that last shot's the clincher--this is awesome. i love a runny yolk, i LOVE a play on words, and i love my salad shooter. great post, and happy st patty's day to you!

  8. how cute and yummy is that!!! LOVE it! :) I'd like a serving for breakfast please

  9. Gosh, these look so good! Oh my oh my...

  10. You beat me to it, I Googled green eggs and yam because I am tasked with providing a vegetarian meal for a ski in cabin trip this weekend. I'll try it, hoping the store has pre shredded yam. Happy St Patrick's day!

  11. I had a hard time keeping the yam cakes from sticking. Also would follow your suggestion to use creamed spinach as my kids weren't so keen on the pesto. Thanks for helping me use up my sweet potatoes.

  12. I love this idea! Being German, I've made potato pancakes and applesauce - but I never thought about using sweet potatoes! Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to try it!