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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

Ingredients:

    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

Instructions:

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.

Notes:

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

Nutrition:

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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