Roasted Sweet potatoes in the oven or Sweet Potato Pancakes are so delicious. With a little bit of maple, they are just as tasty as a dessert even though they are a side dish.
Happy belated new year!
If we are anything alike, you may have started the New Year off with many grand goals…Health and nutrition always being at the forefront of minds. Tossing the junk and loading up on all the “healthy foods.” Way to go!!!
I often find myself in mid-January; cold and fighting intense cravings for something comforting, usually something sweet and carb-a-licious. You know what I mean right? I can’t be the only one.
Here is something I found to curb those feelings without feeling like I messed up my “diet”.
Another added benefit of this recipe is, even my picky kids liked it!!!!!
This is crazy simple and again, I feel almost silly writing it down! But I find if I don’t write it down, I will forget.
In this recipe, I use the microwave for the sweet potatoes.
Today I am going to show you how simple and adaptable this recipe really is.
I have 2 variations utilizing 2 different cooking methods.
The first method is fast and requires less attention. I debated just choosing one method to highlight today but that’s not my style ha-ha
The “Sweet Potato Pancake” is actually a baked sweet potato cut into large medallions. Seasoned with salt and pepper then dressed with maple syrup, cider vinegar, and shelled pumpkin seeds.
In the picture, you see it served with shredded chicken. But this can be served alongside any protein for a more balanced meal.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes in the Oven or Sweet Potato Pancakes
- sheet pan
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Maple syrup 2- 4 tbsp.
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts
How to bake a sweet potato the easy way...
- Wash your potato.
- Poke holes all over the potato (this will keep it from exploding in the microwave.)
- Microwave in increments of 4-5 min. be sure to rotate the sweet potatoes in between cooking increments to ensure even cooking.
- - Tip use a pair of tongs or a hot pad to rotate the potatoes they can get hot!
- In my old microwave, it took a total of 12 min. (rotating every 4 min) Test the potatoes' doneness by poking them with a fork or something pokey like a toothpick. When it glides through easily it’s done! Dare I say “fork tender”
- If the microwave isn’t right for you no worries! Preheat the oven to 350* F
- Poke holes in the potatoes just like step 2.
- Place on a sheet pan or wrap in foil and bake until fork-tender approximately 40- 60 min depending on the size of potatoes. And continue to step 5
- Let them cool slightly (enough not to burn yourself) then slice into approximately 2-inch-thick slices. (Peel if desired.)
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle with maple syrup and a light dab of Apple cider vinegar. Then garnish with pumpkin seeds or nuts of choice.
2nd Method and probably my favorite of the two is good old roasted sweet potatoes.
- This takes a little more attention but I love the texture of roasted sweet potatoes over baked.
- Preheat oven to 400*F
- Peel and dice sweet potatoes into inch sized cubes and place on a sheet pan. Lightly coat the sweet potatoes in oil.
- Place in a preheated oven and bake. Every 15 min or so lightly stir the sweet potatoes around to evenly roast on all sides. This should take about 40 min or until fork tender and desired color is reached.
- Pull the roasted sweet potatoes from the oven and toss sweet potatoes with salt, apple cider vinegar, and maple syrup. Then garnish with pumpkin seeds or desired nuts.