I love sweet potato recipes that complement the natural sweetness of the vegetable, instead of piling it on. I make it every year for Thanksgiving, and it has been well received by everyone from my hipster friends who live in Ditmas Park to my grandmother's oldest friend who, according to my grandmother, has "midwestern" tastes. Cayenne varies in heat, so taste yours and adjust quantities appropriately. —Savour
Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them thinly. (I usually use my mandoline).
Set aside enough of the prettiest slices of sweet potatoes to cover the gratin dish you are using. (The sweet potatoes will likely have smaller or half slices in addition to perfect coins).
In a medium gratin dish, arrange one layer of sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, a pinch of cayenne and a large pinch of smoked paprika. Dot with butter, and pour over a small portion of the cream.
Continue with the remainder of the sweet potatoes, sprinkling each layer with the seasonings and dotting with butter. Use the reserved sweet potatoes for the top layer.
Pour remaining cream over sweet potatoes. Cover the dish with tinfoil.
Bake, covered for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until cream is absorbed and potatoes have browned.
I'm a Los Angeles based home cook with a full time job and 2 young kids, so my recipes tend to be accessible to busy people. I firmly believe that anyone can cook good, everyday meals from scratch with sufficient tools and encouragement, and I try to create meals that are delicious, wholesome and not too intimidating. Most of my favorite recipes tend to be twists on a classic dish that makes it new and exciting.