Although many people think of sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving side dish best served with cinnamon, buttered marshmallows, and melted butter, sweet potatoes are actually a fantastic accompaniment to any dinner throughout the whole year.
Not only are sweet potatoes delicious, but they are also a good source of a wide variety of nutrients and even have some positive effects on hormonal health. Below, you can find additional information about how to prepare sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes roasted with a variety of herbs and spices
Roasting, as opposed to baking, requires the use of higher temperatures (usually 400 degrees Fahrenheit or more), and it can impart a crispier texture and a more nuanced flavor on food.
You can get the most out of sweet potatoes by chopping them into uniform cubes, tossing them in a high-heat cooking oil (canola oil, avocado oil, or pure olive oil are all good options), seasoning them with any herbs or spices you like, and then roasting them in the oven for about 40 minutes while stirring them around halfway through the cooking process. This is one of the best ways to enjoy sweet potatoes.
The following are some examples of unique and delicious herb and spice combinations that can be used on sweet potatoes:
- Spices including cinnamon and chili powder
- Powdered cumin and garlic also used.
- Thyme from the garden and dried red pepper flakes
Don’t be scared to come up with your own original taste combinations when you’re cooking; this can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of food preparation.
Sweet potatoes baked in the oven with savory toppings
In a manner analogous to that of oats, tortilla chips, and white potatoes, sweet potatoes can act as a carrier for a variety of other delicious toppings.
Using a sweet potato as the foundation of a dish not only delivers a substantial amount of fiber and vitamin A, but it also imparts a flavor that is distinctively sweet and gives the dish an interesting new dimension.
Toppings for tacos are a fun and creative way to use sweet potatoes as a base ingredient. A recipe for Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes can be found on the Food Network website. This recipe calls for common taco ingredients such as corn, black beans, and salsa.
Other fascinating savory toppings for a sweet potato can include bean chili, barbecued pork or chicken, roasted red peppers and onions, or any combination of the three.
A baked dish made with sweet potatoes and apples
With this scrumptious recipe, you can achieve the flavor of traditional Thanksgiving sweet potatoes while relying on the natural sweetness of honey, cinnamon, and apples in place of large quantities of brown sugar and marshmallows.
After the apples and sweet potatoes have been chopped into uniform pieces, combine them in a bowl with some frying oil, some cinnamon, and some honey.
The mixture should be spread out on a baking sheet and then baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 40 minutes while being stirred halfway during the process. After cooking till done all the way through, stir in some chopped walnuts or pecans and serve warm.
With the help of the aforementioned recipes, you will be able to appreciate sweet potatoes to a greater extent than ever before. Sweet potatoes are an extremely adaptable, nutrient-dense, and cost-effective food.