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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
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
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.