And yes, that's marshmallow fluff we're dipping them in!
There's so much goodness going on in these cute little fried sweet potato pie bites. And yes, I did say fried. Honestly though, sweet potatoes don’t get any better than this.
Everyone is familiar with classic sweet potato pie. Well, these little bites are sweet potato pie of the fried variety, and I'm kind of thinking they may just be better. Yes, better!!
These sweet potato pie bombs are super easy to make. You can either bake up some fresh sweet potatoes or use up leftovers. Either way works great. From there just mix, roll and fry. Your guests will go nuts over them. They are super fun for Thanksgiving OR you can use up those leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving and enjoy the bites yourself. No sharing necessary. Yes!!
Okay, so here is how you make them.
Using a fork, pierce the sweet potatoes all over and place them in the oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.
Grab all your ingredients.
Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and add to a large bowl, then peel away the skins. Add the butter and milk and mash, mash, mash until they’re, well… mashed!
Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, vanilla and a good pinch of salt.
Mash some more to make them super creamy.
Add the panko breadcrumbs to a shallow bowl.
Use a spoon to scoop out tablespoon-sized amounts of sweet potato, placing them in the breadcrumbs. Gently roll the sweet potato through the breadcrumbs, forming balls and evenly coating each ball. Place on a baking sheet.
At this point the sweet potato bombs can be placed in the fridge to fry later, if desired.
Heat the oil in a large, wide pot. Once hot enough, gently lower the balls into the hot oil and fry until golden all over. Continue in batches and set aside on paper towels to drain.
Roll the sweet potato bombs in cinnamon sugar.
If desired, toast the marshmallow fluff in the oven and serve alongside the sweet potato bombs.
Enjoy them warm!