I like when fancy things are actually just simple things in disguise. It gives me a warm, wonderful, accomplished feeling without taking up too much time and effort. It’s the same feeling I get when I shove a bunch of stuff into a closet or drawer and then shut the door and all the mess is gone – vanished just like that. Our house is always so tidy this way! (Just don’t open any doors.)
These roasted sweet potatoes with chipotle sour cream sauce are just one of those magical dishes. Simple, with fancy written all over them. They will earn “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd and your belly alike. And in my opinion, you just can’t go wrong with chipotle and sour cream. The sweet, spicy smokiness with the tart sour cream is a flavor combination that’s hard to beat.
So give yourself a break from the crazy holiday bustle. And (if you’re anything like me) use up some of the leftover sweet potatoes you have lying around. And (if you’re a whole lot like me) shove all the holiday mess into a closet and shut the door, and then enjoy a fancy meal in the splendor of your clean and tidy home.
¾ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion tops.
1 teaspoon chipotle powder (more or less to taste; be careful – it can be intense
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 pounds medium red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), scrubbed, cut lengthwise into ¾ -inch-wide wedges
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons ground garlic
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 425˚. Place one rack in the center of the oven and another in the top 1/3 of the oven. Slice the potatoes into wedges about ¾ inch thick. Toss the potatoes with olive oil, cumin, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread potatoes in a single layer on two baking sheets. Place one rack in the center of the oven and one near the top. Roast for about 20 minutes, rotate the baking sheets, and roast for an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are browned. Toss potatoes occasionally to ensure even crispness.
While the potatoes are roasting, whisk together the sour cream, onions, chipotle powder and lime juice. Cover and chill.