Monday, November 29, 2010

We Bought 10 Pounds of Sweet Potatoes

Well, that would be the joy of the farmer's market! We bought a basket full of sweet potatoes, about 10 pounds worth for $4. I mean, how could you not? Even though it means being extra-inventive with sweet potatoe dishes because how many times can a person really eat sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top?! Lucky for me, there are actually a lot of other ways to prepare sweet potatoes, and I have my sister to point me in the right direction!

These sweet potatoes were a perfect side dish. The flavor combination was phenomal - but then haven't we all determined that the sweet and salty combo is number one? The added rosemary and maple syrup also created a delicious pairing that has been seen before in our favorite marinade. Basically, I suggest that you make this. It will go well with anything. Or nothing, if you prefer to just eat a bunch of potatoes for dinner, which I highly enjoy. Trust me, you won't regret it!

By the by, does anyone know what the difference between yams and sweet potatoes really is?

Maple and Rosemary Sweet Potatoes
inspired by my rockin' sister

3 - 4 sweet potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 c. olive oil
3 tbsp. maple syrup
1 - 2 tbsp. rosemary, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Place them in a bowl with the olive oil and maple syrup, making sure you have enough liquid to coat the potatoes well. Toss them with your hands (slimy, yes, but fun!). Add in the rosemary, salt, and pepper and continue to toss until well-coated. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly browned and soft when poked with a fork.

Eat every last one. Seriously. Do it.


  1. I'm so glad you tried this! It makes me want sweet potatoes now. Again.

    Mom and I looked it up, we had the same question! Apparently you can only really get yams in Asia and Africa - everything you buy here is sweet potato!!

    Kinda anti-climactic, no?

  2. Hmm, a little, but thanks for being my constant source of knowledge :)

  3. I can't believe it took me this long to see this recipe. Sorry! WOW, it sounds absolutely delicious. Now I'm sorry I went to the store already yesterday...ah well, there's always next week...I'll be sure to buy some sweet potatoes. Or can we call them domestic yams?

  4. Ha ha, domestic yams sounds perfect! I definitely think you'll like this one, let me know!