I managed to hit the local grocery store at just the right time a few nights ago to score a couple huge steaks on a great sale.
I was pumped about my luck, and I decided to grab a few sweet potatoes for a side dish to go along with them for a killer meal.
When I got home, I proudly presented my purchase to Joey, who immediately looked at the sweet potatoes on the counter and said, “Oh! Are you going to make those savory sweet potatoes again?”
So, yes, in the short time since I discovered the recipe I am sharing with you this week, I have already made this twice, and since there are still two more sweet potatoes in my kitchen, I have a feeling I will be producing this a third time in the very near future—not that I’m complaining.
I have always been a huge fan of sweet potatoes in any form, and Joey likes them but tends to hate how much sugar gets dumped in for a lot of side dishes. This recipe, then, was right up his alley.
The recipe I tried, by Christina Cherrier, comes from the site “Eat Well 101.” You can find the original post at https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-parmesan-roasted-sweet-potato-recipe. I added extra garlic and herbs, as well as more parmesan, in my version below.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 sweet potatoes peeled and sliced thinly
- 4 to 6 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup parmesan cheese grated or shredded
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and prepare about an eight-inch baking dish (preferably one with a lid or you can cover it with aluminum foil) by spraying it with cooking spray.
- Add all of the ingredients (leave out a bit of parmesan to sprinkle over the top of the dish) to the bag, and shake to coat the potatoes as evenly as possible.
- Arrange the slices so they just slightly overlap in a spiral pattern in your baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese over the top.
- Bake, covered, for 30 minutes, checking every 5 minutes after that to see if your potatoes are fork tender.
- When they are done, remove from the oven and serve.
Remember that the thicker your potato slices, the longer they will take to bake. Mine ended up being done at about the 40-minute mark.
These are absolutely delicious and a nice departure from a lot of the traditional ways sweet potatoes are served. They have a ton of flavor, and they also reheat really nicely.
With our leftovers, I added in some crumbled sausage and a couple runny eggs for a delicious breakfast.
Eventually, Joey did acknowledge that I got a great deal on my steaks for dinner, and he was pretty excited about them, as well. But if I had to make a wager, I know what he would claim as his favorite part of the meal.
Well, at least he likes his veggies.
This piece first appeared in print on Dec. 17, 2020.
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