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S&S Cafeteria Sweet Potato Balls

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From the menu of . . . S&S Cafeteria
1600 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth

Note: This S&S Cafeteria location is no longer open.

Q: Every weekend the S & S Cafeteria in Duluth serves a sweet potato ball that tastes about as good as a Krispy Kreme doughnut. I would absolutely love to have that recipe.
- Denise Rowan, Stone Mountain

A: Special thanks to Louis Bennett, who has been a manager with S&S Cafeterias for nearly 25 years and spearheaded our request for this recipe. He went to J.A. Smith III, who heads the Macon-based family business that has been satisfying Southern tastes for more than 65 years. Our appreciation to Smith, who gave us permission to reprint this recipe, which has been a consistent favorite for decades.

Hands on time: 20 minutes  Total time: 3 hours and 20 minutes  Serves: 12 balls


    2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
    4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) margarine, melted
    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons vanilla extract
    4 cups (12 ounces) cracker crumbs, divided
    6 large marshmallows, halved
    1 slice pineapple, cut into 12 pieces
    Salt to taste
    Oil for deep frying


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes well. Place in oven and cook about 50 minutes until very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. When they are cool, remove peel, cutting out all dark spots. Place sweet potato pulp in bowl of a mixer and beat until smooth. Add melted margarine, sugar, egg, vanilla and 6 ounces of cracker crumbs, mixing well. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions (a No. 12 scoop works well) and shape into balls. Roll balls in remaining 6 ounces of cracker crumbs. Place balls on tray and refrigerate 2 hours.
Heat deep fryer to 350 degrees. Place balls into hot oil and fry about 3 minutes, or until crispy and brown.
Garnish each with a bit of pineapple and 1/2 a marshmallow held in place with a toothpick.


This recipe calls for cooking time of 1 hour and chilling time of 2 hours.


Per serving: 375 calories (percent of calories from fat, 41), 3 grams protein, 53 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 17 grams fat, 26 milligrams cholesterol, 242 milligrams sodium.

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