Batatas a lo Pobre
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30-35 mins
You say batatas a lo pobre, I say “poor man’s sweet potatoes”, our twist on a traditional Spanish dish. What stunning colours you will create, you kitchen Picasso.
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Ingredients you'll need
  • A bag of sweet potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 eggs
From your kitchen
  • A few splashes of olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • Chopping board
  • Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Bowl
  • Grater or garlic crusher
  • Colander or sieve
  • Frying pan or wok with a lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Heatproof dish
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel the sweet potatoes. Halve them and slice into half moons about ½ cm thick. Pop in a bowl of cold and leave to soak for 10 mins.

  • 2.

    Peel and finely chop the onion. Halve the peppers. Scoop out the seeds, stem and white bits. Chop the pepper. Peel and grate or crush the garlic.

  • 3.

    Drain the potatoes. Warm a good splash of oil in a deep frying or wok over a medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes. Fry for 10-15 mins till they go a nice golden colour Stir every so often.

  • 4.

    Add the onion, peppers and garlic to the pan. Measure out 1 tsp smoked paprika and add that. Season with salt and pepper. Pop on a lid. Turn the heat down. Cook for 15-20 mins till the veg are soft. Stir now and then.

  • 5.

    Pick the leaves off the parsley. Finely chop the leaves. Stir the parsley into the potatoes. Measure out 1 tbsp red wine vinegar. Add that to the pan. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

  • 6.

    Take the potatoes off the heat. Pop them in a dish and keep warm in a low oven. Cover to keep them warm. Warm another splash of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.

  • 7.

    Crack in the eggs (or cook them one at a time). Pop on a lid. Cook for 3-5 mins till the yolks are set to your liking. Serve the potatoes topped with a fried egg.

  • Tip

    You say potato, we say paprika Smoked paprika is a perfect match to nutty new potatoes. Add a pinch to a pan of cooked potatoes with a chunk of butter and toss them all together.