Jan 23, 2011

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The word savory often is not associated with sweet potatoes, especially here in the south. Growing up in California, my upbringing has always lead me to celebrate and highlight a vegetables natural flavors whereas here in the south, most sweet potato recipes seemingly linger on the sweeter side which ultimately masks it's natural beauty. In an effort to show off it's savory side, I have presented a very simplistic recipe that makes every effort to show it's savory side while going to great lengths not to remove it from being the star. It's a great use of the Maillard reaction, simple herbs and spices and henceforth has become one of my favorite firehouse recipes. Indulge!

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*Comfortably feeds 4-6 as a side to an entrée


3-4 Medium sized sweet potatoes
4 Tbs. of EVOO
1-2 tsp of an herb of your choosing (Rosemary or Thyme are recommended)
2 tsp of Smoked Paprika
2 tsp of Sugar
2-3 tsp of Salt
Couple grinds of Pepper


Medium mixing bowl
Cookie Sheet


Preheat oven to 400°.

Place rimmed cookie sheet in oven. Cube the sweet potatoes into ¼” cubes. Roughly chop the Rosemary. Mix the EVOO, Rosemary, Smoked Paprika, Sugar, Salt, and Pepper in separate bowl. Add sweet potatoes and toss till evenly coated (be sure to vigorously shake them so the Kosher salt's sharp edges can score the sweet potatoes). Then place the sweet potatoes on pre-heated cookie sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes making sure to toss every once and while to ensure even browning. Remove from oven and serve immediately.


  1. So glad to have found your site . Have passed it on will be back to visit often.

  2. I was searching for a sweet potato recipe as a side dish to roasted pork loin and roasted chicken for our family's weekly Sunday supper. My husband and I have been doing this since our children were little, and now we continue with grandchildren. A typical Sunday Supper includes 3 children and their spouses and five grandchildren, ranging in age from 4 months to 13 years of age, as well as a few friends who stop by frequently. As you can imagine, there are a lot of different tastes to please. We're trying to cut the calories and maintain the flavor. I wanted a more savory (and more interesting than just roasting them whole!) approach to sweet potatoes and your recipe looks like it will be quite yummy! I'll let you know when supper is over how it went, but it looks to me like even my pickiest grandchild will like this one. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for sharing on my FB page. I will definately try these! I enjoyed your recipes. Happy Easter!

  4. This is the kind of sweet potato recipe I was looking for!! Can't wait to try it :)

  5. I am a major foodie.... I made these tonight and I swear they were the best sweet potatoes I have ever had! My hubs said the same. I was supposed to bring them for Thanksgiving but I was ill and couldn't be there. I feel sad that our group missed them!

    Definitely a keeper! I am a former dispatcher, so I can really appreciate the effort that you put into what you do! I am sharing this recipe, giving you full credit!


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