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Goat’s Cheese & Sweet Potato Croquettes with Fonio Grain

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 450g)
  • 1 ¼ cup Local Village fonio grain
  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • 1 ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 200g goat’s cheese or feta cheese
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cornflour or cake flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Honey & chilli dressing

  • 1 red chilli, finely diced
  • Handful mint or parsley leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • ¼ tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 170ºC, and prepare a baking tray with foil. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into chunks. Dress with olive oil and scatter onto the baking tray. Roast for 30-45 minutes until tender. Toss halfway through to avoid charring.
  2. Prepare the fonio grain by placing 1 1/2 cups water, stock and olive oil in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the fonio grain. Cover the pot with a lid and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and steam for 4 minutes. Remove the lid and use a fork to fluff the grains.
  3. Once the potatoes are roasted, mash the potatoes roughly. Stir in 2 cups cooked fonio grain, and continue mashing until combined. Stir in the goat’s cheese and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using your hands, place 1 heaped tbsp of the mixture in your hands. Roll into a ball, then roll through the flour to coat. Set aside
  5. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Bring to medium heat, around 170-180ºC if you have a thermometer. Add the fonio balls and fry for about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels and serve warm or at room temperature.
  6. For the dressing, place all the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well until combined. Drizzle over the croquettes before serving.

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