These oven-baked sweet potato slices are the easiest side dish that you can find. Just 2 ingredients + 4 seasonings. Easy and healthy!
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With the peel or without?
I don’t know why sweet potato peel is not as popular as regular potatoes peel. Some people even think it’s inedible.
Well, let me tell you this: you are losing the BEST part of roasted sweet potatoes. A salty and well seasoned crispy sweet potato peel is like a piece of heaven to me.
If you are leaving the skin, remember to wash it thoroughly.
This month I partnered up with the Water Quality & Health Council to bring awareness about food safety with the campaign #IPlateItSafe
I think that, as a food blogger, I want to give you all the tools to enjoy cooking at home without worrying about food poisoning.
So, wash your hand before starting. Then, gently rub your sweet potatoes under cold running water. Also, you can scrub with a vegetable brush to clean those difficult spots on the surface of the sweet potatoes.
This may seem obvious, but so many people ignore these simple steps every single time they cook. The thing is, 72% of Americans don’t know that fruits and vegetables are the cause of most food recalls. Even more than chicken? YES.
So, it’s completely worthy of your time those extra minutes washing your fruits and vegetables 🙂
Can you slice sweet potatoes ahead of time?
Of course, you can slice a big bunch of sweet potatoes and save them for later.
But, I honestly prefer to bake them, and after that, freezing them. This a great meal prep hack.
You can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Here you can check a great guide about freezing sweet potatoes.
If you are going to store the sweet potatoes in the fridge, remember to store within two hours of cooking. They can last 3-4 days in the fridge.
How to season sweet potatoes?
I like to keep my seasoning as simple as possible. If you are a cooking minimalist, just a pinch of salt and olive oil will be good enough.
For this easy recipe, I use Italian seasoning, garlic powder, olive oil, salt, and pepper. This blend gives me a flavored herb and garlicky crust.
How to make sweet potato rounds in the oven?
The perfect sweet potato slice is crispy outside and tender and delicious inside.
There are three major factors to get the right result: time, temperature, and thickness of the slice.
The thickness of the slices: this is by far the most important step for this recipe. Every slice must be around the same thickness. This will ensure an even result, and not some burned thin slices and uncooked thick slices in the same batch.
I like to cut in ½ inch slices because they get crispy without completely hardening the core. The core will still be soft and pureé like.
Sweet potatoes can be a bit tricky to cut. Specially if they are big. I like to use my japanese veggie knife for this chore.
Temperature: I use the infallible 350ºF (180ºC) to bake these beauties. They need a steady temperature that will soften the sweet potatoes while slowly building a hard crust.
Time: I bake my sweet potatoes rounds for 45 – 55 minutes. You can choose how crispy you want them. For my personal taste, I let them for 55 minutes to get a nice crunch.
- 2 medium-size sweet potatoes
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
Clean the sweet potatoes thoroughly under running water.
Cut ½ inch thick slices widthwise.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
Rub the slices to season them evenly. Take to the oven for 45-55 minutes.