roasted sweet potato wedges with chimichurri and bacon

roasted sweet potato wedges with chimichurri and bacon // brooklyn supperOwing to their place as one of the two vegetables my daughters will always eat gladly (the other is broccoli, if you’re curious), I tend to stock up on sweet potatoes. If I look hard enough I can generally find one or two kicking around in the depths of my refrigerator. At lunchtime today, I found a few and my first inclination was to roast them whole, split them open, and smother them with chimichurri and bacon, but I decided at the last minute that I need more texture and spice so I cut them up for their stint in the oven. 

I tossed the wedges with salt and pepper, of course, but also paprika and chili powder. I find the sweetness of the sweet potatoes does well with a little heat. While they roasted, I dug around in the fridge for something to go with them. It is relatively clean these days thanks to a concerted effort to eat all of the Thanksgiving leftovers, but still yielded a few surprises. I found a big bunch of parsley – which I expected –  and a container of rubbery, who-knows-how-old rice noodles and some surprisingly fresh thyme sprigs – which I did not. The noodles went into the trash but the herbs I rinsed and minced for the chimichurri. I fried up a few strips of bacon, and did a very good job of not eating them while the sweet potatoes roasted. Next I crushed some garlic, finished the chimichurri, crumbled the bacon, and sat down to one of the best lunches I’ve had in a while.

roasted sweet potato wedges with chimichurri and bacon // brooklyn supper

This dish is best just out of the oven, with the warm sweet potatoes taking on the flavor of the chimichurri. If you need to make it ahead of time, spoon the chimichurri over the sweet potatoes at the last minute. And take note herbivores, the bacon can easily be left off, and the dish scattered with nuts or pepitas for some crunch and texture.

roasted sweet potato wedges with chimichurri and bacon // brooklyn supper

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Chimichurri and Bacon
 
A recipe for savory roasted sweet potato wedges with chimichurri and bacon.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: two to four as a side
Ingredients
  • For the roasted sweet potatoes (adapted from Bon Apétit)
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • For the chimichurri (adapted from Simply Recipes)
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • For the bacon
  • 3 strips bacon, fried and set on a paper towel to cool
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, salt, and spices. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through, or until the sweet potatoes are crisp on the edges and tender in the center.
  3. Finely mince the parsley and thyme leaves. Trim the ends, and then smash the garlic with the flat of your knife. Remove the papery skin and finely mince. In a small bowl, combine the herbs and garlic, and whisk in the olive oil. Whisk in the vinegar, salt, and spices.
  4. Use a spatula to arrange the wedges in a wide bowl or platter. Spoon on the chimichurri, and finish with the crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

 

Comments

  1. Lizzie says

    Never — never — would have thought of sweet potatoes with chimichurri, but trust me, this was out-of-the-park delicious. May never be able to face another “plain” sweet potato again.

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