Not used nearly enough by non-vegetarians, sweet potatoes deserve a comeback. This simple, filling, and nutritious recipe for roasted sweet potatoes will easily become your new favorite side dish!
Looking for dishes to serve with your roasted sweet potatoes? Why not try this delicious Blackened Chicken recipe? Or, for a vegetarian option, you could pair your sweet potatoes with this Fast and Easy Greek Grilled Eggplant recipe!
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes
However, not only are sweet potatoes an insanely nutritious and delicious vegetable to serve with basically everything, but they are also really easy to make. You don’t need any special, careful steps as you do with making roasted regular potatoes – just simply season and oil them thoroughly, roast them, and then enjoy!
Are These Sweet Potatoes Too Sweet
One thing that a lot of people struggle with when making sweet potatoes at home is the idea that their vegetable side dish may be too sweet.
However, sweet potatoes are a great exception to this, as they are typically classified as a complex carbohydrate. This means that, despite their light sweetness, the body takes a lot longer to break down the complex sugar chains in the sweet potato.
This makes it release sugar more slowly in your body, affecting your overall health a lot less and also a lot less likely to put you at risk of developing unwanted problems like diabetes!
However, if your sweet potatoes taste a bit too sweet for you, feel free to add a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar to help brighten them up. Even though balsamic is quite a sweet vinegar, it should help to cut back on any sweet flavors and make it feel more savory.
How To Stop Your Sweet Potatoes From“Leaking”
One problem with cooking sweet potatoes is that they can tend to leak a bit when you cook them in the oven.
For inexperienced cooks, this might seem like you have done something wrong – however, don’t worry!
That liquid is actually just excess sugar and water leaking out. If you ignore it, it will actually help to flavor everything, as it basically coats the sweet potatoes in a light, sticky sauce that turns crispy as it cooks!
How To Use These Roasted Sweet Potatoes?
Use these roasted sweet potatoes in exactly the same way that you would use regular potatoes as a side dish.
Served alongside something meaty, it basically creates a complete meal, as sweet potatoes are sort of a hallway between a vegetable and a carb.
However, these roasted sweet potatoes are complex and flavorful enough that they could easily stand up on their own as an entire dish!
For those looking for the next big vegetarian recipe, these roasted sweet potatoes are perfect.
Make a big batch of them, and then enjoy them all on their own as a main course.
Add Some Protein
A little bit of beans or another vegan or vegetarian-friendly protein source can help to complement them, but they work really well just on their own.
If you find them getting a little bit bland after a while, why not try topping them with a little bit of vegan sour cream or even adding a good few heaping dashes of hot sauce to help brighten them up?
You could also use these sweet potatoes as the base for a really tasty, savory sweet potato pie! Mixed and mashed with a couple of eggs, spices and served in a pie shell, they would make for a surprisingly rich and flavorful Thanksgiving pie!
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 35 minutes
- Side Dish
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 cups sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
- 1 sweet onion (cut into wedges)
- 2 cloves garlic (sliced large)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pinch salt (to taste)
- 1 pinch ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees °
- In a medium large bowl mix the sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic.
- Drizzle olive oil over the mixture and toss it well to coat; pour into a shallow roasting pan.
- Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven for 30-35 minutes turning every 7-10 minutes so all sides are browning and the vegetables are soft.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- For added tang try sprinkling balsamic vinegar over the vegetables.
- Serve warm.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.