Sweet Potato Patties; Puppies and Hairs

The puppies have a wild hair up their asses…..

But more about that later.

First, the food.

You know how certain foods are just meant for each other?

Red beans and rice, burgers and fries, fish and chips, turkey and dressing to name a few.

For me it’s baked ham and sweet potatoes.

Other ham, fried ham or grilled ham, can have other potatoes but baked ham needs sweet potatoes.

Let me show you my Christmas Ham – it was gorgeous!  Since they are so very, very hard to find here we were exceptionally pleased with ourselves:

It might have been a tiny bit big (6lbs) for two people, but we’ll manage.

Back to the sweet potatoes.

Those of you who like sweet potatoes will probably agree with me when I say they are usually big – too big for one person (I should say one mindful person as I usually eat it all). .

For some reason, I can’t seem to control myself and always, always, always buy two.

Then I have to bake/fry/oven fry them both because they don’t keep well.

Leftover fries or chips are easy – we nibble, hot or cold, the next day.

But baked?

After Christmas dinner we had one, complete, large baked sweet potato left over.

I could think of only one thing….

Sweet Potato Patties

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 leftover baked sweet potato, peeled and mashed, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbs olive oil or butter
  • sprinkle of sea salt to finish

Sweet Potato Cakes


  • Lightly whisk egg in a medium bowl. 
  • Add crumbs, sweet potato, paprika and parsley, mix well.  
  • Allow to rest 5 – 10 minutes.  Sweet potatoes are a lot moister than regular potatoes and the crumbs will absorb a bit of the moisture if allowed to rest. They’ll stay together better….
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Dividing potato mixture into fourths, spoon into hot skillet and shape into patties with the back of the spoon.  The patties should be about an inch thick (2.5 cm). 
  • Sauté 10 minutes on each side, turning once.  They should be nicely browned. 
  • Be careful turning them so they don’t break apart – if they do, just pat them back together.
  • Sprinkle with salt and serve.

I Googled the phrase ‘Wild hair up his ass’ and got ‘about 11,800,000 results’.

Who knew?

I couldn’t find anything on the etymology, though.

And strangely, there was a bit of discussion as to whether it was a ‘hair’ or a ‘hare’.

Either works for the puppies as it was a hare, or rabbit, that started it all.

I keep them on their leashes for the morning and evening walks, when the bunnies are at their busiest, but for the noon walk they are allowed to be free.

I have a pocket full of dog kibble that I periodically throw out for them and that seems to  keep their attention on me….  The idea being that at some point in their life I’ll be able to walk with them without bribing them.

On Sunday they spotted a bunny on the edge of the field – very rare for midday.

I don’t think an entire ham could have kept their attention as the bunny took off. My measly offering of dry dog food certainly had no effect.

They raced around like fool dogs; I yelled like a fool human, and, eventually, we all made it back to the house.

I vowed to be more alert to hiding bunnies the next day.

Which I was.

I just wasn’t alert enough for the pheasant that flew up inches in front of my, and the puppies, noses.

I’m pretty sure that an entire ham, plus the leashes attached, would not have kept the puppies back.

They were off like a shot, across the roughly plowed field, through mud up to their bellies, looking for the pheasant.

They’re not very good with the concept of ‘up’…. Which was where the pheasant was: up in the air.

Eventually, I and two filthy puppies, made it back to the house.

Yesterday, was when the ‘wild hair up their asses’ was in full force.

There was no reason, they just took off.

I opened the gate and, instead of walking with me, as they always do, they just looked at each other, put their heads down and took off, side by side, across the field, as fast as they could run, straight as arrows.

When they do that, nothing will stop them short of a brick wall…..

Or, as it turns out, thick mud.

They got halfway across the field, did a wide turn and came racing back

They both plopped in front of me looking very proud and waited for their treats.

I love brown legs on white puppies.


They may be losing their off-leash privileges for a few days.

8 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Patties; Puppies and Hairs”

  1. Love the story Katie. The local new Zealand sweet potato is called kumara . It is an important part of the traditional NZ roast dinner. Roast lamb, roast pumpkin, roast Kundera, roast potatoes and peas. With gravy made from the meat drippings
    The root vege usually roasted along with the meat. Sunday lunch. For years it was the only way we ate sweet potatoes. These patties of yours sound excellent

  2. Ham and sweet potatoes, oh yes!!! I never thought about sweet potato patties and will be trying that. We had a large ham over the holidays also, which meant ham and eggs later, navy bean soup with ham and fried ham sandwiches. I was in hog heaven and bet you were too with your ham!
    Wild hair up their ass or not, I’m sure your “babes” were just missbehavin’ like puppies do best and showing off for their “mama,” or seeing what they can get away with. I just cleaned up cat yak 3 times this morning off of carpeting. Sometimes I consider holding the door open and encouraging them to go on out, and then get a puppy again…

  3. You have to deal with quite different things to me but it all equals the same pesty canine behaviour. I take the dogs at lunchtime each day to a big oval and they do go off lead but if any poor unsuspecting person or persons decides to have a picnic or bbq then they will get the Cocopop joining them whether they want her or not. The same goes for anyone that might have a tennis ball as she will want to play and will comandeer the ball. All the calling, shouting and offering of treats is a fruitless exercise. She thinks the point of our trip to the park is purely to seek out dietary supplements and is probably the only known dog that puts on weight whilst on a walk.

  4. You might try leashing just one of them – when I had two, they would take off together, unless one was leashed. Then the other one came along peacefully… just sayin’…

  5. The eternal struggle in my home. I like sweet potatoes and my husband is a white potato guy. I wonder how he would feel about these cakes. I know I would like to eat them right about now. BTW, that is some impressive ham. I think it could attract distracted dogs and several other two-legged and four-legged creatures around.
    Be glad it was just a bunny. When I had a dog one evening she could not resist breaking away from her leash and going in for the kill with a skunk in the yard.

  6. I don’t think we’d have sweet potatoes left over. I may have to bake sweet potatoes just to try these fritters. (We usually cube sweet potatoes and oven-roast them with a little olive oil until they have caramelized. We serve them as a garnish with Jamaican-style stew, a green vegetable and rice.)
    Your ham looks beautiful!

  7. Val, they keep me on my toes….
    Gilli, when I was a child we only ever had them baked in their skins – but didn’t eat the skins, of course LOL Your Sunday Roast sounds fantastic!
    Pam, they are always showing off… clowns! I love ham… wish I could get it more often but it’s a special Christmas order from the U.K. for us.
    manningroad, she is joined in the weight gain by my two. The only way I keep their attention is to constantly toss treats around for them to fetch. Maybe, some day…. They’re always starving!
    Zoomie, they’re leashed on the morning and evening walks, but the noon walk is supposed to be more of a training exercise…. They have to learn some day – or I have to….
    Rachel, we don’t have skunks, thankfully…. We had lots where I grew up – I remember them well ;-)) It was a wonderful ham.
    Elizabeth, I don’t often buy them because they are soooo big. I like oven fries…. and fried and any old way….

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