Brandon and I agree on most of the foods that we enjoy but one of the things that has been the source of many big disagreements has been sweet potatoes. I love them but he has never been a fan of them. In fact, he has insisted they are awful. In turn, I insisted that he only felt that way because he hasn’t had them prepared correctly. I mean, he constantly referred to them as stringy. That’s just weird to me. Sweet potatoes aren’t stringy.
Since I had a few still laying around the other day I decided to cut them up in to little bite sized bits and roast them with honey and cinnamon. I knew if they were sweet (and not stringy) he would like them. I even mixed up a honey cinnamon dip to go with them in case he wanted something beyond the sweet potatoes themselves. As expected, he loved them! I ate about 1/4 of the plate before he gave in to my badgering and tried one of them. Once he tried one, he was all in. And, by the way, I only used two sweet potatoes but it made way more of these little bites than we could eat. I’d imagine that 2 potatoes would be plenty for at least 3 – 4 people.
Since making these I’ve snuck sweet potatoes in to other recipes that he’s eaten and loved as well (like sweet potato black bean burritos). He knows I put them in there but he’s ok with it now because he’s admitted they aren’t half-bad. Last year I convinced him to love zucchini, this year it was sweet potatoes. Next, I might work on asparagus. 😉 Wish me luck!
- SWEET POTATOES
- 2 lg sweet potatoes, peeled, and trimmed into bite-sized chunks
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- 3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp allspice
- HONEY-CINNAMON DIP
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 400-degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Peel and cut sweet potatoes into bite-sized chunks, put them in a large mixing bowl.
- Add honey, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mix with your hands or mixing spoon until all of the sweet potato bites are well-coated.
- Transfer the sweet potato bites to baking tray. Evenly distribute the sweet potatoes in a single layer Set aside any remaining marinade.
- Bake for about 20 minutes.
- Turn potatoes and drizzle with any remaining marinade.
- Bake an additional 20-25 minutes.
- Add the light sour cream and raw honey to a small mixing bowl.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg in to the mixing bowl.
- Lightly fold the spices in to the dip.
- Transfer to serving bowl.