Friday, November 10, 2017

Sweet Potato Fajitas

These sweet potato fajitas don’t look like much, but they were absolutely awesome. They come together quickly on a single sheet pan, the sweet potatoes are a really satisfying filling, and there’s a tangy lactose-free crema to go with it – I also added some guacamole to round things out (and it was a much better use of my avocados than this toast with hummus and roasted tomatoes). This is one of those perfect meals that is more than the sum of its parts. It was a delicious lunch, but it would be good for a light dinner, too. I hope you try them!

For the fajitas
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. smoked paprika
2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb.)
8 to 10 small flour or corn tortillas
2 medium bell peppers
1 medium sweet or yellow onion

For serving
1 cup plain lactose-free Greek yogurt (lactose-free sour cream would work, too)
finely grated zest of 1 medium lime
juice of 1 medium lime, divided
kosher salt
guacamole, salsa, lime wedges (optional, but recommended)

Arrange 1 rack in the middle of the oven and 1 rack below it, then heat to 475°F. Stir the oil, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, and cayenne together in a small bowl. Transfer 2 teaspoons of it to a large bowl and set both aside.

Peel the sweet potato and cut it in half crosswise. Cut the pieces lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide slices. Cut the slices lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide planks or batons (they should look a bit like steak fries). Place the planks in the large bowl and toss to coat in the spiced oil. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and spread into an even layer (save the bowl; no need to wash it). Roast on the middle rack for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, stack the tortillas on a large sheet of aluminum foil and wrap completely in the foil; set aside. Core, seed, thinly slice the bell peppers, and add to the now-empty sweet potato bowl. Thinly slice the onion and add to the bowl. Drizzle with the reserved remaining spiced oil and toss to combine.

Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, flip the sweet potatoes, and then push them to one half of the baking sheet. Add the bell peppers and onions to the other half of the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheet back on the middle rack and place the foil-wrapped tortillas on the lower rack. Roast until sweet potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes more.

Meanwhile, make the crema. Place the yogurt, lime zest, and 2 teaspoons of the lime juice in a small bowl, season with salt, and stir to combine.

When the vegetables are ready, drizzle with the remaining lime juice, toss to combine, and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve with the warmed tortillas, lime crema, and toppings.

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