That's why I almost vetoed this recipe when Leo presented several sweet potato recipes earlier today. That would've been criminal, because it's officially my new favorite sweet potato recipe.
I loved this dish — the lime and chili offset the sweetness of the potatoes and were actually refreshing and light on a hot summer night.
Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes
Active time: 15 min
Start to finish: 40 min
Makes 4 servings.
2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.
Toss sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow baking pan. Arrange potatoes in 1 layer and roast, stirring halfway through roasting, until tender, about 25 minutes total. Stir together cayenne, zest, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk together lime juice and remaining tablespoon oil in a medium bowl, then add potatoes. Sprinkle with cayenne mixture and cilantro, stirring gently to combine.
Gourmet, May 2004