Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Fillo Rolls

Are you in the mood for something savory or sweet? It doesn’t matter. If you have sweet potatoes at hand, you can create almost any type of dish you crave; from salads and stews to cakes or sorbet. That’s what I learned during my adventures trying to create a unique sweet potato recipe. No wonder everyone who tries them immediately falls in love with sweet potatoes.

Here is my latest take. The challenge is “sugar-free”. I didn’t think I can come up with a sugar –free recipe, but old Bulgarian traditions came to the rescue again.

As I was telling a friend the other day about my latest cooking experiments, she mentioned that she has found a great use for sweet potatoes: fillo pastry rolls stuffed with sweet potato and walnuts. Something we would make with pumpkin in Bulgaria, but made with sweet potatoes and raisins it eliminates the need for added sugar. Tasty and healthy. Love it!

Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Fillo Rolls

(makes 20 rolls)

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 4-5 tablespoons rum
  • 1 sleeve fillo pastry sheets (I used Athens fillo which comes with two sleeves in a packet)  
  •  1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ stick butter, melted

Thaw fillo according to package instructions (typically it takes two hours out of the freezer, or overnight in the fridge)

Set oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl soak raisins with rum. Use just enough rum to cover the raisins.

Peel sweet potatoes. Boil them for about 10-15 min until tender but not too soft. Let cool, then grate.

In a mixing bowl, combine grated sweet potatoes, chopped walnuts, rum raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Open fillo and spread flat. Place it vertically on the counter with short side facing towards you. You will use one sheet for each roll. There are 20 sheets in each sleeve.

Lightly brush the top sheet with melted butter. As you look at the sheet placed vertically, divide it in your mind in three vertical stripes. Spread two tablespoons of mixture in the middle stripe (try to keep mix in the bottom part of sheet). Fold the sides in and roll into shape. When you are rolling, the fillo in the part with the mix may break. That is why it is important to have enough length of the sheet free of mix so that it can cover the broken part as you continue rolling.  Repeat with rest of sheets. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet. Lightly brush rolls with butter before placing in oven.  Bake for about 30 min or until golden brown.

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4 Responses to Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Fillo Rolls

  1. Susan says:

    I’m collecting your recent recipes for sweet potatoes. It’s interesting to see how versatile
    sweet potatoes are. Your last post asked on which culinary traditions I base most of my cooking. I think I rely mostly on Italian and Mexican.

    • Thanks for the comments, Susan :). I kind of fallen in love with sweet potatoes.

      By the way did you know that the Yucatan peninsula is considered to be one of home of sweet potatoes.

      Here is a thought. Since you love sweet potato fries, have you tried them sprinkled with chipotle? It goes really well.

  2. Betty says:

    Hi Anna –

    Betty’s back.

    I was away working with a mission in Nairobi…we worked on husbandry of milking goat / sheep cross animals. It was a great experience! But now that I’m back, I made these for Roger. It was a really nice treat on a cool Vermont spring evening, with a little hot tea –

    Thanks so much!

  3. Thanks for your comment and congrats to you as well! I love phyllo and would love to try these!

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