Forget the marshmallows – this recipe is for grown-up’s as well as kids. It’s healthy, it’s incredibly delicious, and we promise you that you’re going to want to make it year-round, not just for Thanksgiving.
- Sweet potatoes (about one for every two people)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Seasoning choice #1: salt & pepper OR
- Seasoning choice #2: cinnamon and cayenne pepper (optional)
- Scrub sweet potatoes and dry them.
- Slice on the bias (so that there’s more surface area) into ½” or so slices.
- Place in baking pan and brush with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with #1 or #2 (if you use cayenne pepper, though, be sparing).
- Turn slices over and repeat with the olive oil and seasonings.
- Place in COLD oven and then bake at 450 degrees for ten minutes.
- Flip the slices and bake for five or ten minutes or more until fork-tender.
So what’s the double magic? Well, first of all, the two seasoning choices make for very different flavor experiences. We actually make half a batch one way and half the other. We eat #1 with savory foods and #2 as dessert. No kidding — it’s really sweet.
Second magic — and this is where Joanna is such a creative genius of a cook. By putting the potatoes in a cold oven, that somehow allows for greater caramelization to occur. How does she figure out this stuff?
Let us know how you like this. Any other fabulous, healthy Thanksgiving menu ideas?