Oil-Free Spiced & Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Oil-free roasted sweet potatoes are delicious and my favorite way of eating them. Roasting caramelizes the sugars and intensifies the flavors of the sweet potatoes and without the added fat that oil brings.
The natural flavors of the sweet potatoes and the spices give ample flavor such that you don’t need salt, making this a naturally SOS free dish (no added salt, oil or sugar). The technique for oil-free roasted sweet potatoes described below also works beautifully with all types of potatoes, root vegetables and non-starchy vegetables like cauliflower. The roasting time and oven temperature varies, but the basic method remains the same.
Be sure to let the sweet potatoes rest for at least 10 minutes after spicing before roasting them (step#10 below). This will make it so the spices don’t over- brown or burn during the roasting. For sweet potatoes, the total roasting time is about 45 minutes. It’s best to check after about 20 minutes. A typical bake sheet will hold up to 2 pounds of potatoes in a single layer.
Tools Used in this Recipe
- salad spinner or large prep bowl for washing the potatoes
- vegetable scrub glove or brush
- cutting board
- chef knife or santoku knife
- large prep bowl for tossing the potatoes with spices
- bake sheet
- parchment paper