Recipes for Health
Spicy Braised Sweet Potatoes
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: January 24, 2011
This recipe is adapted from one in “The Glorious Foods of Greece,” by Diane Kochilas. The sweet potatoes, seasoned with lots of paprika and cayenne, are simmered with onions on top of the stove.
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2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, halved and sliced thin across the grain
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (more to taste)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 large sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds), peeled and quartered or cut in sixths if fat
1/2 cup dry white wine
Water as needed
Note: Sweet potatoes may be labeled as yams. Look for dark orange flesh.
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy lidded skillet or Dutch oven. Add the onion and a generous pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Stir in the paprika, cayenne and tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste turns a rusty color, about one minute.
2. Add the sweet potatoes, and stir for about a minute until coated with the onion and spice mixture. Add the white wine, enough water to cover the sweet potatoes halfway (1 1/2 to 2 cups), and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 30 to 40 minutes until the potatoes are tender and the sauce thick. Taste and adjust salt.
If the sauce is still watery once the sweet potatoes are thoroughly cooked, do not adjust salt right away. Carefully remove the sweet potatoes to a platter using tongs. Turn up the heat, and reduce the sauce until thick.
Adjust salt, and pour the sauce over the sweet potatoes. Remove from the heat, and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Yield: Serves six.
Advance preparation: You can make this a day or two ahead of serving; reheat gently on top of the stove or in a medium oven.
Nutritional information per serving: 233 calories; 5 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 41 grams carbohydrates; 7 grams dietary fiber; 128 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 4 grams protein