These easy roasted sweet potatoes are seasoned with spicy harissa paste and make an excellent side dish for roasted or braised meats, or addition to a hearty salad.
3 medium sweet potatoes to yield about 2 pounds peeled, trimmed sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon harissa paste, to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 fresh lemon
Adjust the oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
Scrub, trim, and peel sweet potatoes. Cut sweet potatoes into large chunks.
Whisk together the olive oil and harissa paste. Toss the sweet potato chunks into the harissa oil, and season to taste with salt. Mix until the sweet potato is uniformly coated in oil and seasoning.
Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan. Roast for 35-45 minutes, or until the sweet potato chunks are golden, crispy, and tender all the way through. Stir the sweet potatoes once, half-way through the cooking time.
Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven. Just before serving, spritz a little fresh lemon juice over the sweet potatoes.
Harissa Paste is a spicy Tunisian condiment and seasoning made from a blend of hot peppers, spices and herbs in oil. It's used widely in North African cuisine as seasoning for meats, fish, soups, bean dishes and more. Like curry, the flavor and heat of harissa will vary based on formulation. Please adjust the amount of harissa paste you use to your taste, preference for spicy foods, and to the specific harissa formulation you have!
Recipe by Northwest Edible Life at http://nwedible.com/harissa-roasted-sweet-potatoes/