Infused with the fragrant spice of the traditional Ethiopian spiced butter - niter kibbeh, sweet potatoes take on a subtle, uplifting flavor in this version of the French classic pommes anna. Be sure to take the time to weigh down the sweet potatoes as the bake so that they develop a dense and soft cake-like texture.
for the Sweet Potatoes Anna
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Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them no thicker than 1/16-inch thick using a mandolin (this is the one I use). Brush a 10-inch cast iron skillet with spiced ghee. Arrange the slices of sweet potato in overlapping concentric circles in a single layer on the bottom of the skillet. Brush them with melted ghee, and continue layering the remaining sweet potatoes in overlapping circles, brushing each layer with ghee, until you've exhausted all the sweet potato. Drizzle the remaining ghee over the sweet potatoes.
Cover the sweet potatoes with a piece of parchment paper just large enough to overlap the edges of the skillet by about 1 inch. Place another cast iron skillet or heavy, oven-proof dish on the parchment paper to press down the sweet potatoes and promote even cooking. Bake for 40 minutes, then remove the weight and the parchment paper, and bake a further 5 minutes or until the sweet potatoes become tender and yield completely when pierced by a fork. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
Preparing the Spiced Ghee
If you wish to prepare your own spiced ghee instead of purchasing traditional Niter Kibbeh (available here), simple begin by placing the butter in a wide stainless steel skillet over low heat. Toss in the spices. As the butter melts, it will release a fine foam. Skim off the foam and discard it. Continue melting the butter until it releases all its foam, about 30 minutes, and the remaining milk solids settle to the bottom of the pan.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl, and line the strainer with butter muslin (available here) and pour the melted butter through the muslin-lined strainer. Transfer the the spiced ghee to individual jars and store at room temperature in a dark cupboard for up to 1 year.
You can purchase Niter Kibbeh, an Ethiopian spiced butter, online (available here) or you can make it yourself using grassfed butter and organic spices (available here).
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