Thyme-Scented Sweet Potatoes with Black Olives and Garlic
If candied sweet potatoes are too cloying for your palate, try them prepared in a savory rather than sweet way. This recipe, fragrant with garlic and thyme and studded with black olives, may change your mind about sweet potatoes if they’ve never been your veggie of choice. This recipe doubles easily for a larger crowd. Contributed by Robin Robertson, from 1,000 Vegan Recipes.* Reprinted with permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
- 1½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ¼ cup pitted oil-cured black olives
- Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut them into ¼-inch slices.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sliced sweet potatoes and garlic.
- Sprinkle with the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring to coat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- A few minutes before you’re ready to serve, add the olives and taste to adjust seasonings, if desired. Drizzle with a little additional olive oil, if desired. Serve immediately.
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