Sweet potatoes are known as a super-food for their beta carotene (antioxidant), vitamin C, potassium, and high fiber. Here are a couple of simple easy ways to enjoy them.

Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

recipe by Kate Merker and Taylor Murray for Country Living

a pile of raw sweet potatoesIngredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 small sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds total), halved lengthwise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F with an oven rack in the top third. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet. Combine oil, maple syrup, and thyme in a bowl.
  2. Working with one half potato at a time, place wooden spoons or chopsticks on either side of the potato, and cut slits 1/4 to 1/8 inch apart across the potato, using spoon handles/chopsticks as a guide to avoid cutting all the way through.* Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  3. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Brush potatoes with maple mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

*If you’re unsure of the process for cutting the slits in the potatoes, here is a step-by-step guide from Williams Sonoma that includes a video. (They have additional recipes as well.)

If you’re in the mood for something a little more elegant and complicated, try this delightful recipe for Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Herbed White Wine Pan Sauce.

And for a whole array of delicious sweet potato recipes check out our recipe archive.