The saffron infuses this humble combination of potatoes and other root vegetables with sophisticated taste and color, while the raisins inject a sweet counterpoint. Paprika is an acceptable (cheaper) substitute for the saffron.
To turn this into a main-course skillet supper: Cut 1 pound smoked ham, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or leftover roasted meat into 1-inch cubes while the vegetables are cooking. When the potatoes are tender, stir in the meat and continue to simmer until the meat is cooked or heated through, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot.
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