Bea's Sweet Potato Jacks

Bea L. Recipe

By Bea L. BeachChic

18 jacks
Stove Top

Some people call these fried pies or fritters but my mama called them jacks. When I make these I always think about my daddy because he loved them so much.

The only difference in this recipe and the way my mama made them is that she used canned biscuits for the dough, which saves time and is also good. I have done these both ways but really perfer this dough if I am not time limited.

I also use this same dough recipe when I make Apple or Peach Jacks.

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2 medium
sweet potatoes, cooked
1/3 c
granulated sugar
2 tsp
1 small
pat of butter, melted
2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
kosher salt
1/2 c
crisco shortening, cold
1/2 c
ice cold water

Directions Step-By-Step

Cook 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes either by baking, boiling or microwaving them until tender and done. Cool and then peel. Put the 1/2 cup crisco in the fridge as well as the 1/2 cup water. You want these two ingredients to be cold. This gives you a tender and flaky crust.
While the potatoes are cooking you can start on the dough. Add flour and salt together and combine well. Add in the shortening and mix it in by using a fork. Add in the cold water and continue mixing with a fork until flour has absorbed the water. Now retire the fork and dig in with your hands and continue mixing until it sticks together.
Form into a large dough ball and knead two or three times. Place dough onto surface sprinkled with either cornstarch or flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the surface. I always use a cheese cloth on my countertop then sprinkle that with the cornstarch.
Divide dough in half and place one aside. Smear your rolling pin with the flour or cornstarch and roll out one of the halves of the dough to about 1/8" in thickness.
Cut into four inch circles, which will be about the size of a large slice of balogna.
You'll have scrap dough left so ball it back up and knead it just long enough for it to start sticking together and repeat. You should be able to get 9 rounds out of each half of dough. Now start on your other half of dough and repeat. I just place the rounds on a cookie sheet and cover with a kitchen towel or paper towel at this point.
Mash up the two cooked and peeled sweet potatoes. I simply use a wooden spoon. Add in the sugar, cinnamon and melted butter and mix well.
Put a heaping tablespoon of mixture onto the middle of a pastry round. Try not use too much filling because once you fold it over it may seep out.
Fold over and press with your fingers to seal. Now use a fork and gently press to secure the seal. This also gives them that cute little design.
Heat either shortening or oil in skillet and gently place a few jacks in hot oil being careful not to over crowd them.
Fry each side until lightly golden brown. Remove and place on cookie sheet lined with paper towels to drain excess oil. You can give them a light dusting with powdered sugar if you would like. Enjoy!
FILLING FOR APPLE JACKS: Bring to a boil 1 pack of dried apples, 3 1/2 cups water and 3/4 cup sugar. Cook for approximately 2 hours or until most of the water has evaporated. Remove from heat and add in 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #pies, #Fried, #fritters

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nellie rickey jus4nan
May 17, 2012
Sweetie..fried pies are a childhood treat I only get when I go see my cousin..I am going to surprise her and make them for HER next time lol..peach is my fav
Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011
May 17, 2012
I love fried pies!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for this share!
Stephanie Dodd skeen
May 17, 2012
We call them fried pies and I love them. I had them a lot when I lived in Nashville as my ex-mother-in-law made them with peaches and they were delish!!!
jamie Beecham jamie4cakes
May 17, 2012
So strange Bea I was thinking just this morning about going through my Mothers files to find her sweet potatoe jacks recipe and here I find you have done the same thing. Wow great minds think the same. I love jacks of all kinds. Mother use to dust hers with confection sugar. Thanks for saving me the trouble. These are a winner in my book.
Debby DeRousse gma07
May 17, 2012
Yummy Bea. Loved my momma's fried pies. Peach are my favorite. Thnks Bea for posting.
Bea L. BeachChic
May 17, 2012
Wow! I'm now glad that I posted this recipe. Yeah, dusting them with powdered sugar is an option. What's a few more calories, right?
jamie Beecham jamie4cakes
May 17, 2012
yep just fat thats all lol
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
May 17, 2012
What a fine recipe Bea thank you for sharing it with me. I do love sweet potatoes and what a great way to eat them YUM!But you know I will use my friend"Betty.s" Bisquick for this recipe- LOL. I guess I am getting lazy in my old age.tee hee Hugs, Pat
Leila Rockwell leilaroc
May 17, 2012
These sound and look delicious. Saving
Bea L. BeachChic
May 17, 2012
Pat, I have heard of people doing that but have never eaten one made with bisquick dough. I'm sure it's good, too. Thank you, Leila.
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
May 17, 2012
I will try your dough recipe too, Bea. But you know, I have a thing for "Betty". LOL
Bea L. BeachChic
May 17, 2012
You are so funny, Pat. By all means stick with "Betty". LOL!!!!!