Sweet Potato Fritters

      Sweet Potato Fritters from Who Wants Seconds? by Jennie Cook
      Prep time: 30 minutes
      Cooking time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour to cook sweet potatoes
      Makes 12 large or 16 small fritters
      3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if needed
      1/2 cup minced red pepper
      1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
      1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, roasted until soft and peeled
      3/4 cup breadcrumbs, divided
      3/4 cup coarsely ground pistachios, divided
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      1 tablespoon maple syrup
      1/2 teaspoon sea salt
      1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
      Heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat and saut red pepper and thyme until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add sweet potatoes, 1/2-cup breadcrumbs, 1/2-cup pistachios, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and shape into 3-inch patty-style fritters (or smaller if you like).
      In a pie plate, combine remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup pistachios. Press fritters into breadcrumb-nut mixture on both sides. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry patties in small batches (no touching!) until brown, about 3 minutes on each side, using more oil as needed. Serve with Cilantro Crema and Boozy Blackberry Balsamic Reduction.