In pursuit of the perfect sweet potato flautas recipe for dinner tonight, I found this little game-changer. Not only are these sweet potato flautas amped up in nutrition with the inclusion of cauliflower, but Thai-style Mexican food? This is about to attack like, five different cravings in one. Word.
Thai Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Flautas
1 cup peanuts
1 cup water
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 small red Asian chili
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 stalk lemongrass, beaten and finely chopped
1 medium head cauliflower, finely chopped
½ yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small red Asian chili, minced
½ sweet potato, grated
½ cup Thai basil
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
salt & pepper
cooking oil for frying
8 small tortillas (corn or flour)
1. First, make the sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. IF you have time, add another half or full cup of water and bring to a simmer in a saucepan as you prepare the flautas. If not, no worries! You can also just use peanut butter, instead of peanuts, if that's what you have on hand.
2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add the sesame oil and lemongrass. Let cook for a minute or two before adding the cauliflower. Cook for another minute (assuming the cauliflower is very finely chopped, if not — cook it longer! It needs to be softening before you proceed) before adding the onion, garlic, and Asian chili.
3. Cook for one minute before adding the grated sweet potato and half of the Thai basil. Cook for another two minutes before removing from the heat and adding the remaining basil, cilantro, and salt & pepper to taste.
4. In a clean, heavy frying pan, heat ½" of cooking oil over medium heat. Let it heat for at least 3-4 minutes before proceeding. Roll about ⅓ cup of filling in each tortilla to make eight flautas.
5. When the oil is hot, work in batches placing each flauta seam-side-down in the oil. Cook until each side is golden-brown, rolling over to get all sides.
6. Top with extra basil, cilantro, peanuts, and lime. Serve with peanut sauce.