Sweet potato fritters with garlicky greens, poached eggs and pesto

Delicious sweet potato fritters topped with garlicky greens, a poached egg and pesto

Two of my closest friends got married on the weekend, and held the most perfect wedding party for their friends and family. They spent weeks planning their big night, and it ended up being one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. They decorated the venue themselves, with amazing attention to detail. From the DIY cocktail bar with pitchers filled with a mix of virgin and alcoholic cocktails with an array of add ins, to the wonderful mix of music – a string quartet, beautiful performances by family members, and the perfect playlist for dancing later on in the evening. The MC shook off initial nerves to have the whole room lapping up each and every joke, and the speeches were both funny, heartfelt and touching – the grooms speech had me in tears throughout (though as any of my friends would attest, I am a massive softie and will cry at even the most unemotional movie ever. Four times.)

The night was perfect, and though their union isn’t yet legal in the eyes of the law in our country, their marriage ceremony, and their right to be able to stand in front of their friends and family and commit their love to one another, was legal and valid in the eyes of all that were there to witness it.

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This dish actually doesn’t have much to do with the wedding, other than the fact that I made it for our breakfast that morning – I was’nt required for photos until 4pm so we had the whole morning to lay about the house and cook up a heart meal to start the day right. I quickly snapped a few photos along the way, and was grateful afterwards that I did, as not only did it taste great, it also came together a lot quicker than I thought it would. We have a ritual with weekend breakfasts in our house – B is in charge of setting the table, brewing a pot of tea, and poaching the eggs (a skill Im still yet to learn), whilst I do the rest of the food prep and cooking. Oh, and B does the cleanup, which without a doubt is my least favorite part of cooking, so Im always more than happy to pass these duties over to someone else.

Delicious sweet potato fritters topped with garlicky greens, a poached egg and pesto

Sweet potato fritters with garlicky greens, poached eggs and pesto

Sweet potato fritters
400g sweet potato, peeled
2 eggs
1 tsp smoked paprika
Salt and peeper to taste
1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil

Garlicky greens
8 large silverbeet or chard leaves, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil

4 eggs

4 Tbsp prepared pesto

To make the fritters, shred the sweet potato using a food processor (or by hand if you’re not as lazy as I am). Combine sweet potato, eggs, paprika and salt and peeper in a bowl.¬†Heat coconut oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Evenly distribute the sweet potato mix into 4 fritters in the pan and cook a few minutes each side until nicely browned.

Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and add the greens and garlic. Fry, stirring, for a few minutes until wilting and fragrant.

In the mean time, bring a pot of water to a light simmer over medium heat. Carefully add the eggs to the water, and cook 2 (for soft centres) to 4 (hard) minutes.

To serve, place a fritter on a plate, add a quarter of the greens mix, a poached egg and top with a tablespoon of pesto.

Serves 4


  1. says

    I’m still trying to master the poach myself. :) Looks like a delicious breakfast! All the very best wishes to your friends for their future together. xxoo

  2. says

    To poach eggs I use the plastic wrap technique, it’s super easy and totally foolproof. Are you familiar with it?
    Btw I LOVE sweet potato fritters, they’re so awesome!

  3. says

    Sounds like a beautiful wedding and memorable event!! Great company, great music, cocktails..what more could you want to make a picture perfect evening?

    I LOVE these fritters! I’ve made sweet tater fritters in the past but haven’t dolled them up quite like this. These are absolutely fabulous, gorgeous, and I can taste them right now!! MMMM!

    • says

      These are the first time I’ve made them myself – I think I always thought they’d be more difficult and take ages to cook? Such a cinch though, Im guessing they are going to become a bit of a staple in our house :)

  4. says

    So, so happy that you got to celebrate such a beautiful union with your mates. I know a couple who are going to fly over to Canada in a few months to tie the knot ‘legally’. Sad that such measures have to be taken to marry your heartfelt love; I like the fact that your friends just decided to do it anyway (that’s what marriage is to me – commitment to union before witnesses!). Anyway, back to these gorgeous fritters… yummmm. Sweet potato plus garlicky greens with pesto and eggs? Oh man. Ideal breakfast right there! Thanks for sharing the recipe xx

    • says

      Yes, very disappointing that they couldnt marry “legally” here, but glad that they did it anyway and we got to witness it. Thanks for your lovely words about the fritters – they are delicious!

  5. says

    Beautiful pictures and recipes. Will have to try this, I love sweet potato and a nice runny poached egg, unfortunately I havn’t quite mastered the art of the poached egg yet, will have to keep working on it.

  6. Sarah says

    I made this recipe over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious. Just adding the parprika to the sweet potato mix and the garlic with the greens gave it so much more flavour. As you say, this will be a staple in our house from now on!


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