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Sweet Potato Pizza Party Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Makes: 18-20 balls


As the 2022 season comes to an end plans to celebrate the new year will no doubt be in full swing. You might be heading out, you might be having people over or you might be tucking into bed early knowing that you will be awake with a little human(s) at some point.

My birthday is on January the first. For many years of being deep in children I have certainly been one to just crawl into bed. This year however I am going to pop on a dress, some heels and head out with the team (we did not really do a Christmas party this year). It has been quite a year so am going to take the moment while I can! I will not be drinking but I am still hoping to see the clock strike midnight!

We will be having some nibbles before we head out. This new recipe of mine is definitely on the list! The goodness of sweet potato wrapped into pizza flavours and the melted cheesy baked effect….these will disappear like hotcakes at any function!

If you are like me and not drinking these pair well with my healthy mocktails also shared on socials recently (and are included in The Nourished Bump) but a throw back to 2017 when I was pregnant with number two in the peak of summer.


500g sweet potato

100g salami, diced finely

½ cup grated cheese

2 tb low sugar tomato sauce

1/2 cup flour

2 eggs

1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs

Olive oil or cooking spray

Basil pesto to serve (optional)


Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with non-stick paper.

To prepare the sweet potato, peel and cut into chunks about 3 cm. Steam or boil sweet potato until soft (I do this in the baby food maker but you can do in a pot on the stove or a microwavable bowl – add water to all). When sweet potato is soft, drain and place into a bowl then mash with a potato masher.

Add the grated cheese, diced salami and tomato sauce. Mix together.

Prepare the crumb ingredients into three bowls. Place flour in one bowl, crack both eggs and mix with a fork in the second bowl and add the wholegrain breadcrumbs to the third.

Roll the sweet potato pizza mixture into a small ball and place into the flour bowl. Do this for a few balls before finishing the crumb (as your hands will get messy). When balls are coated in flour, dip into the egg followed by the breadcrumbs and place onto the baking tray.

Repeat until all sweet potato mixture has been used and all balls are on the tray.

Lightly drizzle the tops with olive oil or spray with cooking spray.

Bake in the oven for approximately 20-30 minutes until tops are golden.

Allow to cool before serving alongside basil pesto.. 


To make these gluten-free simply use gluten-free flour and gluten-free breadcrumbs.

You could also use panko breadcrumbs or plain breadcrumbs.

You could substitute the salami for bacon (just fry beforehand).


To help with the step-by-step of this recipe be sure to check out my reels on Instagram & Tiktok plus we have a new photo assistant in the house! You can read all about Charlie in my previous blog here and follow the girls official IG and Tiktok accounts too. 

Happy New Year!

x Dr Julie

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