Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa Recipe
Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr


We love the flavors in Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa for a meatless meal night. Onion and spicy jalapeno contrast the sweet potato cakes.


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 patty and about 1/2 cup salsa)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 330
Fat 16.1 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Monofat 10.3 g
Polyfat 1.9 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 39.6 g
Fiber 8.5 g
Cholesterol 47 mg
Iron 1.9 mg
Sodium 393 mg
Calcium 90 mg


2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 3/4 cups grated sweet potato (about 8 ounces)
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 large egg
1 cup chopped peeled avocado
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add yellow onion, garlic, and jalapeño to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add sweet potato, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Combine potato mixture, panko, 1 1/2 tablespoons juice, chickpeas, and egg in a food processor; pulse until chickpeas are coarsely ground. Divide potato mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 4-inch patty. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Carefully turn patties over. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until browned.

3. Combine avocado, tomato, red onion, remaining 1 tablespoon juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and red pepper in a bowl; toss. Serve salsa with cakes.


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Adam Hickman,

Cooking Light

October 2013