Whether you like them sweet or savory, these roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish for your favorite protein!
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a really nutrient-rich food. They are a great source of vitamin A which supports healthy bones and our immune systems, vitamin C which helps digestion and produces collagen (helps keep skin looking young!) and vitamin B6 which reduces a chemical in our body that has been linked to heart attacks. And those are only a few. At about 100 calories and zero grams of fat for a medium-sized potato, they make a great side dish to any meal.
Tips for the Best Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes are a delicious and nutritious side dish that are perfect for any meal. Here are some tips to help you make the best roasted sweet potatoes:
- Choose the right sweet potatoes: Look for sweet potatoes that are firm and have smooth skin. Avoid sweet potatoes that are soft, wrinkled, or have any signs of decay.
- Cut the sweet potatoes evenly: Cut the sweet potatoes into uniform sizes so that they cook evenly. Try to cut them into similar shapes so that they cook at the same rate.
- Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) before you start preparing the sweet potatoes. This will help ensure that the sweet potatoes cook evenly and get crispy on the outside.
- Use a baking sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent the sweet potatoes from sticking to the pan. This also makes clean-up easier.
- Add seasoning: Sweet potatoes taste great on their own, but adding seasoning can take them to the next level. Try adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, or paprika to the sweet potatoes before roasting.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan: Spread the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on the baking sheet. If they are too close together, they will steam instead of roast, and you won’t get that crispy texture.
- Flip the sweet potatoes halfway through: Flip the sweet potatoes over halfway through cooking to ensure that they cook evenly on both sides.
- Check for doneness: Sweet potatoes should be cooked until they are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork. The cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the sweet potatoes.
Simple, Easy, Fast
This recipe is perfect for the days you don’t feel like putting a lot of time and effort into preparation. The only somewhat time consuming part of this side dish is cooking the sweet potatoes. But your oven can handle that while you relax with a nice glass of wine.Print
So what do you choose, sweet or savory? Comment below to let me know!