Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Roasted sweet potatoes

I love roasted sweet potatoes! I can never get sick of them. Which is bad because I can tend to over stuff myself with them.. (which then makes me bloated and feeling sick). I call it starch poisoning. (Not sure if there's such a thing). But regardless of that, I'm happy when I have roasted sweet potatoes. :) They're so yummy! I love their natural sweetness. I would never add sugar to them like some people would. The only thing I would add to it is some cinnamon and/or mixed spice. It just enhances the flavour a little. (I love cinnamon too. Haha). I love roasted sweet potatoes! :D

I've been craving them for a while now. There's a whole box of golden sweet potatoes sitting at home. They were on sale the other week and I bought a lot.. about 6-8kgs worth. :D

They're basically fat-free, rich in carbohydrates (sugar, dietary fibre), potassium [maintains kidney, heart, digestive and skeletal muscle function], manganese [helps body utilise nutrients] and rich in vitamins (particularly vitamin A [good for vision, gene transcription, immune health, antioxidant and reduces risk of heart disease] and vitamin B6 [regulates and is involved with cell metabolism]. For more nutritional value on sweet potatoes, click here.

Did I mention that I LOVE sweet potatoes regardless?!

Roasted sweet potatoes
4 sweet potatoes
cinnamon/mixed spice, optional

Preheat oven to 240C.

Peel and wash sweet potatoes.
Slice them (~1.5-2cm thickness) and arrange on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Sprinkle with cinnamon/mixed spice (brush them with a little bit of water if they're too dry).

Bake for 1-1 1/2 hrs, or until soft on the inside.
Serve immediately. (They don't taste as nice when they've cooled down)

I like to keep it in the oven until the bottom is slightly burnt, and the sweet potatoes are oozing out their natural juices. This tells me that they're nearly done.

I actually didn't sprinkle them with cinnamon until later on also (because others don't like cinnamon). You can do this too, but be aware that you might choke on cinnamon when you take a bite of the sweet potato. (The powder just flies to the back of your throat). I've done that a few times before.. :(

See that natural juice oozing out of this piece? Mmmm :)

Slightly burnt. It gave it a crisp and I couldn't taste the burntness either. Yummy! Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

I love roasted sweet potatoes! But I can't have too much, nor can I have it too often. Too much of one thing is never good for anyone. I still believe it's starch poisoning. Because it happens with me and potatoes aswell. :(


  1. Have you tried Satuma potatoes? They are also sweet potatoes and look almost the same as these, but lighter in color (golden-yellowish) inside. They are great just plain roasted. There is no need for any seasoning or butter. :)

  2. MMMMM! I'm going to try this as soon as I get home and have use of an oven! In Japan, in the 100yen (dollar store) store by my house they have "yaki-imo" which is baked sweet potato. They just bake the whole thing in a little oven and then let it stay warm over hot stones. Every time I walk into the store and smell it I just lose all self-control--I eat it 4 times a week at least I'm sure! : )

  3. I love roasted sweet potatoes too! So quick and delicious, they seem to go with almost everything. Plus, I can serve them to my 1yo who devours them too :-)

  4. I think roasted potatoes of any kind is the only way to go. It doesn't matter what kind. Mind you roasted sweet potatoes have to be one of those ultimate comfort foods.

  5. Mmmm I love them too! In Hong Kong during the winter, they also have purple ones that street vendors sell on the streets. I always rip through them while it's piping hot. :) Hope you're staying warm with these lovely potatoes! hehe