Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Smoked Paprika
This is a simple way to put an enormous amount of flavor on a plate, and it is particularly delicious with roast chicken — or as a side dish for slab-bacon tacos with burned scallion crema. (Drizzle a little of the crema onto the potatoes just before serving, as if to recall the aioli served with patatas bravas in Spain.) As always when using paprika, smoked or plain, if you can’t recall the last time you did so, it is time for a new jar. All spices go stale. Paprika does so quickly.
- Serves: 6 persons
- 4large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1large Spanish onion, peeled and cut into cubes
- 2cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
- 3tablespoons olive oil
- ½teaspoon kosher salt
- 1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1tablespoon smoked paprika, or to taste
Step 1Heat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the sweet potatoes, onion and garlic in a large bowl, and drizzle the olive oil over it, then toss to coat. Sprinkle the salt, pepper and smoked paprika over the potatoes, and toss again to coat. Tip the potatoes onto a sheet pan or into a shallow casserole, then cover it with foil.
Step 2Roast the potatoes in the oven, tossing occasionally, until they are soft at the center and beginning to crisp at the edges, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot, drizzled with burned-scallion crema if you like.