Salt Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sage and Roasted Garlic Butter

12 Nov

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’ve got your back. This recipe is so simple, you’ll almost feel guilty about how delicious is it and how everyone at the table will assume you’re some sort of culinary genius with remarkable dedication. Or at least that’s how I like to picture people picturing me.

Sweet potatoes and marshmallows? Are you freaking kidding me? This is not 1970. This is 2012 and sweet potatoes are now a savory dish. Nutrient-packed little powerhouses of health. Just shove those buttery do-nothing-for-you white potatoes right off the table. They’re no longer needed. Ignore the side-eye from your elders, they’ll change their old ways after just one bite.

Salt Baked Sweet Potatoes with Sage and Roasted Garlic Butter

(inspired by America’s Test Kitchen Classic Salt Potatoes)

Serves 4-6

4 Large Sweet Potatoes (orange flesh. I’m not getting into the yam vs sweet potato debate with you (mom). The ORANGE ones, you got me?)

Enough salt to create a 1/4 inch layer on the bottom of a 13X9 Pyrex baking dish

Fresh sage

4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1 whole head of garlic (cut the top off and remove excess skin)

4 Tbs salted butter

Preheat oven to 450. Cover bottom of Pyrex with salt, at least 1/4 inch deep. Place washed and dried sweet potatoes on top, spaced evenly. Add garlic head, cut side up, and sage leaves. Cover TIGHTLY with aluminum foil and bake for 40-60 minutes, depending on ‘tater size.

Remove from oven. Remove foil. Increase oven temp to 500. Remove garlic and set aside. Brush each potato top with olive oil. Return to oven and continue to bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.

Squeeze roasted garlic out of its skin and into 4 Tbs of room-temp butter. Add about 1/8 tsp chopped fresh sage. Smash together with a fork. Add to taste. You don’t need the whole 4 Tbs. I mean, you can add it all if you want, but that’s like …. a lot of butter per serving.

Serve as individual baked sweet potatoes OR mash it all together into the most heavenly bowl of potatoes to ever grace the table.


BONUS: A sweet potato a day keeps the botox needle away. My, oh my, where did you get that youthful glow? Vitamin A. Your skin’s new BFF.

Happy Monday!

And a BIG thank you to all Veterans! 🙂


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