Our love for sweet potatoes knows no bounds: we’ve stuffed them with kale and chickpeas, smashed and thrown them on the grill,  and drizzled topped them with feta and drizzles of hot honey. And just when I thought I couldn’t possibly put yet another twist on my favorite vegetable, I stumbled upon a simple yet game-changing new technique that turns out the most crispy roasted sweet potatoes you’ve ever tasted.

Here’s how you do it: halve sweet potatoes lengthwise, rub with oil and salt, then roast facedown on a foil-lined sheet pan. (So far, pretty straightforward – I’ve long been halving my sweet potatoes when I need to cut their roasting time in half.) But the trick comes after you remove the fully tender sweet potatoes from the oven.

In a large cast iron skillet, heat up a little butter and honey (if you like), then sear the sweet potatoes cut side down so they get caramelized, sweet, and nutty from that brown butter.

It ratchets up the flavor and texture, turning a basic sweet roasted potato into a dinner-worthy dish that feels restaurant level.

And speaking of taking the flavor to the next level, to make these a one-dish meal (rather than a side dish) I like to layer on the toppings so I get a good mix of protein and healthy fats that make sweet potatoes filling enough to carry you through. For these, I add dollops of full-fat greek yogurt, chunks of avocado, a pinch of everything spice, and drizzles of lime juice and sriracha. I finish with a shower of whatever fresh tender herbs I have on hand (cilantro, basil, parsley, mint… )

These crispy roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect canvas for creativity, so feel free to go crazy with whatever toppings you love! Black beans, crumbled bacon, goat cheese, sautéed greens, even finely chopped cooked broccoli — they’re all great additions. I’ve been getting lots of questions from y’all lately about adapting recipes kids, and this dinner is a great one for picky eaters. I usually setup a “sweet potato bar” with a few different toppings in little bowls, then give everyone their cooked potato and let them top with whatever they like. If Henry wants to add just a little butter and salt, totally fine – he’s still getting so much nutrients from the sweet potato itself, I’m not worried.

Scroll on for the recipe, and don’t forget to tag @camillestyles and leave a review below if you give these a try!

Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt, Herbs, and Everything Spice

Serves 4

This bake and sear method is my new favorite way to get really crispy roasted sweet potatoes. I top mine with greek yogurt, avocado, and herbs.

By Camille Styles
Prep

5 minutes

Cook

50 minutes

Categories

gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian


Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, washed
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • optional toppings: fresh herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, etc.), plain greek yogurt, lime wedges, chopped avocado, sriracha, everything spice


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Use a sharp knife to halve sweet potatoes, then drizzle cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Place cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife can easily be inserted into the potato. You want it to be very tender, but not totally falling apart.
  3. In your largest cast iron skillet, melt the butter along with the honey over medium high heat. Add the cooked sweet potatoes, cut side down, and sear facedown for 3 - 5 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are caramelized and golden brown.
  4. Add whatever toppings you love: fresh herbs, greek yogurt, lime wedges, avocado, everything spice, sriracha... Enjoy!

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Comments (14)
  1. 1
    miki January 13, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    This recipe is amazing , I’m going to pin it!
    Miki x

    https://twitter.com/ALittleTasteOfH/status/1346473808652169218?s=20

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  2. 2
    Jimi January 13, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Your roasted sweet potatoes are so tempting, I’ll try it tomorrow night with my family. https://puzzle-jigsaw.com

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  3. 3
    Emily January 16, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Very good, easy to make and flexible with topics! Will be doing this again!

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  4. 4
    Megan January 16, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    We did these tonight!! They were wonderful! Thank you for sharing this recipe, as it will be a part of our regular routine from this point forward. The sweet, savory, salty, and spicy all worked together so well ?.

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  5. 5
    Katrina January 17, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    This recipe is a new favorite & so easy. Thank you!

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  6. 6
    Noemi January 19, 2021 at 7:21 am

    I started to eat sweet potatoes (they are not commonly used in Italy) and I like them so much. I’ll definitely try this recipe!

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    Michelle Perkin-Kopac February 7, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Omg! I just made these for Super Bowl Sunday, topped with turkey chili and cheese. They were amazing. I will making sweet potatoes this way forever. Absolutely delicious!!!

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    • Camille Styles February 8, 2021 at 9:31 am

      yum!! I did the same – with nacho toppings! 🙂

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    Jill April 7, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Camille- there’s only two of us. How do these hold up as leftovers the next day? Can’t wait to try!

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    • Camille Styles April 8, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Actually really great! I’m all about the leftover sweet potatoes for lunch. You can crisp them up in the oven or just warm them up and eat them softer (which is still great.) That said, feel free to divide this recipe in half and make it using just 2 or 3 sweet potatoes!

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