Smoky Sweet Potatoes With Eggs and Almonds

Smoky Sweet Potatoes With Eggs and Almonds

Slow-roasting sweet potatoes in coconut oil and spices gives them a rich flavor and delicately crisp texture on their exterior while they turn velvety within. Don’t be tempted to take them out of the oven early. As Steven D., a reader, wrote in the notes of the recipe upon which this one is based: “The potatoes are soft after a half hour or so, but then the crusts harden in the second half hour, giving them the delicious texture that makes the dish unique.” Adding fried eggs, a smoky yogurt sauce and crunchy almonds turns a sweet potato side dish into a satisfying, meatless meal. And if you don’t have coconut oil on hand, you can use olive or another cooking oil, though the potatoes won’t have the same texture.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave. In a large bowl, toss together sweet potatoes, melted coconut oil, salt, spice mix, smoked paprika, cumin, black pepper and thyme.
  2. Step 2

    Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Step 3

    Roast, stirring and flipping the potatoes occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 1 hour.
  4. Step 4

    As the potatoes roast, place yogurt in a small bowl. Stir in garlic, a large pinch or two of smoked paprika, and salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Step 5

    In a large skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium-high heat and let it heat up for 20 to 30 seconds. Crack eggs into skillet and season with salt. Cook until the whites have set with crispy edges and the yolks are still runny, about 2 to 3 minutes (or cook the eggs for a few minutes longer for a medium or firm yolk, if you prefer).
  6. Step 6

    To serve, spoon sweet potatoes onto individual plates and top with yogurt sauce and almonds. Place eggs on top, and sprinkle with paprika and herbs. Serve immediately.