Sweet Potato and Ricotta Stacks

Another Christmas party recipe to share.
These sweet potato and ricotta balls (domes?) are so easy to make (bake) and the variation is versatile.
A perfect party entree AND great in lunch boxes or at-home snacks too :)

Sweet Potato and Ricotta Stacks

Gluten free. Egg free. Low GI. Vegetarian. Super yum.
Ingredients (makes 12 large):
Sweet potato and ricotta balls
1 cup sweet potato, roasted and mashed (you'll need approx 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes)
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
For stacking
1 large zucchini, sliced thickly width-wise
a handful of edamame bean pods for decoration

Method:
Make roasted sweet potato puree:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius. 
  2. Wash sweet potatoes and pat-dry using a paper towel. Place on a rack and roast for 50-60 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes a couple of times in between, until the sweet juices ooze out (mmm...!) 
  3. Take out from the oven and peel the skin (caution: HOT) Mash the flesh with a masher or blend in to a puree.
  4. Left-overs can go in a ziplock and frozen for future uses - great in muffins, mash, soups, and even as a spread on toast.
Make sweet potato and ricotta balls & stacks:
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius. Line baking tray with baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sweet potato puree and ricotta cheese. Mix until smooth or there are no large chunks of ricotta.
  3. Scoop a tablespoon-full of the mixture and roll them in to golf-size balls. Place on baking tray. Continue until mixture is finished.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the edges are slightly browned and the balls are firm. Transfer to a rack to cool. 
    Nicely baked :)
  5. Meanwhile, pan-fry the zucchini slices in a non-stick pan. Put aside to cool.
  6. Assemble all bits together to make a stack: Zucchini slice on the bottom; then the sweet potato and ricotta balls; finally topped with edamame pods (press gently so it doesn't fall off).
  7. Keep in the fridge and serve cold or at room temperature.

Perfect as an entree for parties




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