No need to save those sweet potatoes for just Thanksgiving. These spuds are loaded with vitamins A and C and loads of fiber. This recipe is versatile because you can swap out or add any sort of root vegetable that you prefer, such as carrots or parsnips, as well as your preferred amount of herbs, garlic and onions. Colorful, tasty, and satisfying, everyone at your table will enjoy this classic side dish.
VERSATILE ROASTED POTATOES
3 medium-large yams and sweet potatoes of different colors and varieties, peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes (I used 1 sweet potato and 2 yams of different varieties)
1 large red potato, not peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes
1 cup pearl onions (or one onion cut in chunks)
1 head garlic (whole cloves peeled)
3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
A few good grinds of black pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh Italian leaf parsley, medium chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel sweet potatoes and yams. Cut into 1 inch cubes or half moons. They will shrink in the oven, so big chunks are preferred. Do not peel red potato, but cut into cubes. Put them all in a big mixing bowl.
For pearl onions: boil in water for 3 minutes, then cut one end, and squeeze out onion from outer peel. Add to bowl.
Peel all the cloves of garlic from a whole head. Even if you’re not a garlic fan, roasting garlic mellows and sweetens its flavor. Add to bowl.
Add all spices, herbs, and oil to bowl, but not the parsley. Mix well with big spatula or by hand.
Place potato mixture on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan/cookie sheet. Make sure potatoes can all spread out, allowing them to caramelize on the pan.
Bake for 15 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 15 minutes. Stir. Potatoes should be cooked, but check for caramelization. This will happen at different times depending on how thick the potatoes were cut. If they are cooked and soft, but not caramelized (slightly browned on edges), bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.