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All Recipes, Tapas / May 6, 2024

The BEST Sweet Potatoes of Your Life | Spanish Batatas a la Importancia

These Spanish Batatas a la Importancia are possibly the best sweet potatoes you will ever taste. They’re packed with flavors, made with simple heart-healthy ingredients and done in about 45 minutes. Serve them as a tapas appetizer or even as a side dish, next to some grilled fish.

Spanish Batatas a la Importancia
For this recipe, I used two medium sized sweet potatoes. I kept the skins on them, as that’s how this dish is traditionally made. If you prefer, you can peel the sweet potatoes. But let me tell you, by leaving the skins on, it gives them a better flavor and a ton more nutrition.

Spanish Batatas a la Importancia
For the liquid, I used homemade vegetable broth. But you can also use chicken broth or even beef broth if you like. Either way, when you add the liquid to the pan, just add in enough to barely cover the sweet potatoes.

Spanish Batatas a la Importancia

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: You can make these sweet potatoes ahead of time. They will hold for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. Just add in some more broth when reheating.

Spanish Batatas a la Importancia

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Spanish Batatas a la Importancia

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 359 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup corn starch 60 grams
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp corn starch 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.50 grams
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 120 ml
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • handful chopped fresh parsley


  1. Wash and pat dry the sweet potatoes, cut each one into rounds that are 1 cm thick (a little over a 1/4 inch), crack the eggs into a bowl, season with sea salt & black pepper and whisk together, add 1/2 cup corn starch into a separate bowl, season with sea salt and mix together, coat each slice of sweet potato, first in the corn starch and then in the egg wash, making sure to fully coat at each stage

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the slices of sweet potato, all in a single layer, cook in batches to not over-crowd the pan, fry for 3 minutes per side, then transfer into a dish with paper towels, once they are all fried, set them aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the chopped onion and garlic, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1 tbsp of corn starch and the paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the white wine and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix continuously

  5. After 2 to 3 minutes and the alcohol has cooked off in the wine and you've ended up with a thick sauce, add the slices of sweet potato back into the pan, all in a single layer, it's ok it they are stacked around each other, then add in enough vegetable broth to just barely cover the sweet potatoes, turn it up to a high heat

  6. Once it comes to a boil, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are just cooked through, make sure to gently shake the pan once in a while, as this will help thicken the broth, once the sweet potatoes are cooked through, remove the pan from the heat

  7. You can serve the sweet potatoes directly out of the pan or transfer into a serving dish, sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Batatas a la Importancia
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 568mg25%
Potassium 476mg14%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 16524IU330%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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