A little bit of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, paprika and a healthy dose of olive oil is all you need to make these delicious baked sweet potatoes. Simple and full of goodness!
Not a fan of sweet potatoes? Neither was I. In fact the only way you would get me near a sweet potato was in french fry format. Not the healthiest choice. All it took for me to fall in love with sweet potatoes was knowing how to make them taste good, not overly sweet and not fried.
A little trial and error and now I am a baked sweet potato fan for life!
Sweet Potatoes – Baked and Seasoned To Perfection
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable – meaning they grow underground like carrots, white potatoes, parsnips and the like.
There are a number of varieties of sweet potatoes out there but the two I run into the most are the traditional orange coloured sweet potatoes like you see the pictures or there are sometimes purple sweet potatoes that are white inside.
The purple skinned sweet potatoes are a treat if you can find them. They are a little harder than a regular orange sweet potato but I find them to be a little sweeter and nuttier.
If you find this variety you can use the exact same recipe but you may need to add a little cook time because they are harder to begin with.
Just like I promised this recipe for baked sweet potatoes is super simple and done in one bowl.
Peel and cube the sweet potatoes. In a large bowl simply add the cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or I uses a pan I got a few years ago from Pampered Chef that I am in love with. The best part…. it never sticks!
Bake for 20 minutes roughly at 400 F on the centre rack and serve immediately.
The best ingredients warrant the best results so here are a few tips for choosing the best sweet potatoes on the grocery shelf.
How To Choose the Best Sweet Potatoes:
- The darker the skin usually means the sweeter the potato. Look for orange or reddish skinned potatoes that are a deep orange in the centre if you can see. Or the purple potatoes which are sometimes called Northern Star potatoes from Australia or Jamaican Sweet Potatoes
- Beyond the colour avoid potatoes that have dark black spots or deep cuts that look dried out. These are forms of rot and while the area can be cut off the flavour of the potato is often affected
- Also avoid potatoes that look to have softer or sunk-in in areas. This is often a sign that the potato has started to dry out
Baked Sweet Potatoes
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp cumin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into approximately 1″ cubes – bit size pieces
- In a large bowl add onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin and olive oil. Mix well until all potatoes are evenly coated
- Spread evenly over prepared baking sheet and bake on centre rack of oven for approximately 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft enough to easily poke with a fork.
- Remove from oven and serve.