Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Jerk-roasted Sweet Potatoes

One of the things I love about fall is the necessity for warm and hearty meals. Fall is the perfect time for roasting things, and since I obviously don't roast much in the way of meat, vegetables get my full attention. There are so many fall vegetables that lend themselves to a nice slow roast in the oven. And the best part about it is that you can throw them in the oven while you prepare the rest of the meal, having an effortless side dish in a matter of time.

I recently picked up some tasty jerk seasoning paste at the grocery store and wanted to try it in a few ways. I have some other ideas up my sleeve, but I wanted to try it with sweet potatoes first. What a delicious and easy combination! There are only 3 ingredients and in a matter of 30 minutes, you have yourself a delicious side dish, perfect for any fall meal.

Jerk-roasted Sweet Potatoes

Jerk-roasted Sweet Potatoes
Serves 4

4 cups peeled sweet potatoes, diced into 1/2" cubes
1/8 c olive oil
1/4-1/3 c jerk seasoning paste*

Preheat oven to 425. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Place in a lightly-oiled baking dish. Put into the heated oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately.

If you can't find jerk seasoning paste in your grocery store, here are some recipes for making your own.

Looking for more roasted vegetable ideas??
*Roasted Vegetables 101
*Roasted Potatoes with Green Olives and Caper Vinaigrette
*Harissa-roasted Potatoes
*Lemon Feta Roasted Beets
*Not-your-Mama's Brussel Sprouts


Anonymous said...

Oh yummy! I made jerk sweet potatoes recently too, but I LOVE the idea of the paste!

bee said...

something that is so vibrant and beautiful has to be good for you.

Veggienetters said...

I tossed some sweet potatoes in a bit of extra virgin olive oil and some Chinese 5 Spice Powder last night and roasted them. OH they were out of this world! I can't wait to try your recipe. :)

aleta meadowlark said...

Oooo, roasted sweet potatoes are the best. Will. Be. Making. These. For sure!

[here via tastespotting! =)]

Anonymous said...

We love roasted sweet potatoes, but never thought of using a jerk seasoning on them.

Thanks for the great idea.

DocChuck and wife, Doctor Elizabeth

DocChuck said...

Made them last night with Walkerswood jerk paste and although the paste burned a bit, they were outstanding!

My wife is very busy with her nursing practice and these were so simple -- basically effortless. They fit our lifestyle to a "T"