Monday, October 20, 2008

Chili-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes


Growing up, I can only remember eating sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving. They were always in the candied up sweet potato casserole. Now, don't get me wrong, sweet potato casserole is a fine and dandy dish, but there is so much more to them than that. I love baked sweet potatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes, and roasted sweet potatoes..well, I guess I love just about anything you can do to a sweet potato. One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is made into sort of homemade steak fries and roasted in the oven. All they really need is a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

But there is always room for improvement, so when I saw this recipe for chili-roasted sweet potatoes in Fresh Every Day: More Great Recipes from Foster's Market by Sara Foster. I was intrigued by the use of fresh lime juice. There was something I hadn't tried. It was good, really good. The lime juice cut the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and added a nice little tang. I didn't use as much chili powder as called for because I'm not all that crazy about chili powder, except in chili.

Chili-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
1/4 cup olive oil
juice from 2 limes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder (I used 1)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat the oven to 400.

Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and toss with the oil, lime juice, salt, pepper. Spread them out so that they are in a single layer and roast for about 20 minutes. You can turn them halfway through for even browning (I didn't, but I never do).

Remove the potatoes from the oven, and toss with the chili powder and fresh parsley. Roast for 5 to 10 minutes longer, or until tender.

15 comments:

Marjie said...

I just love sweet potatoes, too! I've never tried sweet potato steak fries, but I enjoy baked sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon sugar!

kitchenetta said...

Looks and sounds delicious!

noble pig said...

Oh I love these, with my potato obsession and all! How yummy.

Natashya said...

I love sweet potato fries too. Lime juice sounds great! What a wonderful idea. Speaking of wonderful....
Your photography has been out of this world lately! New set up?

Pam said...

I love sweet potatoes...not only are the really delicious but they also have a beautiful color.

Prudy said...

That's it. I'm putting these on my menu for next week. They look so good-chili powder, lime and sweet potatoes! Plus I love Sara Foster.

Patricia Scarpin said...

They have such a bright, beautiful color, Pam - and I love it that you used limes, I love them!

Paula said...

We love sweet potato fries! I've not had them with lime and chili, and it sounds so tasty. Yours look sooo good! I love seeing recipes that show the different ways to prepare sweet pots! YUM!

maybelle's mom said...

I must say that steak in the background means nothing to me compared to the sweet potatoes.

Grace said...

amen, maybelle's mom!
meanwhile, the only thing better than sweet potato fries are sweet potato fries seasoned with chili powder. yum.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

This is a great twist on the Mexican way of serving things like jicama, with chili and lime. Will have to try it!

Lisa said...

These sound wonderful. I'm trying them right away...

Alicia said...

If you like the spicy lime of the potatoes, you will probably really like Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes from cooking light. They are a hit everywhere I make them and I just bought more sweet potatoes today to make them for the zillionth time, link below. It pairs EXTREMELY well with a spicy pork tenderloin (like bobby flay's AMAZING orange habenero pork (http://tinyurl.com/5lwxd6).

sweet potatoes: http://tinyurl.com/yqng9q

Kevin said...

Chili on roasted sweet potatoes in nice. I like how the heat plays with the sweetness of the potatoes.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Lovely. Chili-roasted sweet potatoes sound like it would hit the spot right about now.