Autumn Vegetable Patties

  • Serves

    serves 8


A satisfying vegetarian main course, these sweet potato, white bean, and spinach patties are terrific served with cranberry-ginger chutney. This recipe first appeared in our November 2011 issue along with Linda Monastra's story True Harvest.


  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 34 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh sage
  • 12 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 14 tsp. cayenne
  • 12 oz. fresh spinach, boiled until tender, squeezed dry, and chopped
  • 1 (15-oz.) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed, and mashed
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Step 1

Heat 6 tbsp. butter in a 10″ skillet over medium heat; add sweet potato, and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add 1⁄2 cup bread crumbs, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, mashed beans, and egg white; season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Using your hands, shape vegetable mixture into eight 4″-long oblong patties, about 1⁄2″ thick; coat patties in remaining bread crumbs. Heat 2 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat; add 4 patties, and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and repeat with remaining oil, butter, and vegetable patties.

Step 3

To serve, season sour cream with salt and pepper, and top each patty with a dollop of sour cream.

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