Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Paprika
What’s Thanksgiving dinner without sweet potatoes??? Here’s an easy-peasy (and delicious!) change from those casseroles. Smoked paprika is a Spanish cousin to the more widely used sweet Hungarian paprika. It’s made from pimiento peppers that have been dried and smoked over an oak fire, then ground into a fine powder. You’ll sometimes see it called pimenton, smoked pimenton, Spanish paprika, or any variation of those names. You can always recognize this spice by its deep red color and powerful smoky aroma. Most sweet potatoes are huge, so figure 1/2 potato (or even 1/4) per person. I prefer the way the wedges look, so I cut them in quarters. This recipe is for 8 or 16, depending on what else you plan to serve.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the potatoes.
  3. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and rub them with the oil.
  4. Place potatoes on a sheet pan and bake for about 1 hour – until tender.
  5. Remove from oven and slice potatoes lengthwise in quarters.
  6. Arrange on a serving platter.
  7. Combine the butter, honey, and paprika in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 1 minute.
  8. Drizzle the butter mixture over each potato wedge.
  9. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and salt. Serve.