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.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 3tablespoons coconut oil
- 2pounds sweet potatoes, peeled or unpeeled, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- ¾teaspoon fine sea or table salt, plus more as needed
- ¾teaspoon garam masala, Baharat, curry powder or another spice mix
- ½teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more as needed
- ¼teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
- 3to 5 thyme sprigs
- ½cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1small garlic clove, finely grated, passed through a press or minced
- Eggs, for frying, as many as you like
- ½cup chopped Marcona or salted, roasted almonds
- Soft herbs, such as parsley, mint or cilantro, for serving
Step 1Heat 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.
Step 2Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.
Step 3Roast, stirring and flipping the potatoes occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 1 hour.
Step 4As 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.
Step 5In 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).
Step 6To 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.