Croquetas de Boniato

(A great alternative to Thanksgiving sweet potato pie!)

3 cups sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs (beaten for egg wash)
1 1/2 cups crushed almonds
oil for frying

Heat safflower oil in a deep frying pan.

In a large bowl thoroughly mix together the sweet potatoes, butter, salt, 2 eggs, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar.

Shape the mixture into croquettes (small rolls).

Roll the croquettes in the egg wash, and then in the crushed almonds.

Fry the croquettes in oil until golden (a couple minutes per side). Be careful not to burn.

Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with a little sugar.

Serve warm.