Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Roasted Sweet Potato Coins

Sweet potatoes don't need you to do too much to them. They're amazing already. These sweet little treats just need a little olive oil, salt & pepper and some alone time in the oven.

I like using the dark orange sweet potatoes, sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as yams. They vary in size. This one pictured  above is pretty huge, so one of these was more than enough for two servings. Don't worry if you think you're making too many sweet potato coins because they tend to disappear like French fries. In fact, they actually taste like sweet potato fries, they're just shaped like coins. 

If your slices are too thick your sweet potato coins will be mushy. If your slices are too thin your poor little coins will burn. 1/2 inch thickness is the size to aim for. 

Adjust the olive oil as needed. While you don't need to drown them in oil, you do want them to be well-coated. I just put the sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl and used my hands to rub the oil on, then sprinkled them with salt and pepper.

The only bad news is that you will probably need to bake 2 or 3 batches because when you place them on the baking sheet they cannot be piled on top of each other. But again, these babies are so delicious that they're definitely worth making several batches.

Bake them at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip. Another 15 minutes. Then another 5 to 10 minutes at 450 degrees. They will dry out a little and get crispy as you let them cool, so don't worry if they seem kind of soft and not crispy enough when you remove them from the oven. 

Try these with a lettuce-wrapped turkey burger. It's a good time.

Roasted Sweet Potato Coins

2 medium sweet potatoes 
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Scrub and wash the sweet potatoes. Leave the skin on. Cut them into 1/2 inch thick coins. Brush/rub both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place coins on baking sheet, not overlapping. 

Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully flip each coin over. Bake for another 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the coins are brown and slightly crispy. 

Want a sweeter flavor? Swap the salt and pepper for sugar and cinnamon. Yum.

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