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Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potato wedges
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How often is it ok to eat potatoes? Is every day too much? I love potatoes. Roast them, bake them, mash them, fry them… I’ll eat them any way you serve them. Bring on all the varietals and colors too. I frankly never met a potato I didn’t like. Recipes like this Baked Sweet Potato Wedges recipe highlight how great potatoes are with just a little seasoning and nothing much else. Garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper is all you need to bring out the natural deliciousness of the potatoes. And did you notice I didn’t mention corn starch? You can make the perfect crispy sweet potato wedges without cornstarch in the oven.

Don’t be fooled though. Potatoes aren’t all the same. Different potatoes hold up to different cooking methods better than others. They have different nutritional value too. Can you guess which kind is the healthiest? The sweet potato.

The Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are extremely high in vitamin A. Vitamin A supports immune system health, vision, and growth and development (great for the kids especially!) among other things. It also helps organs such as the lungs and heart work properly. The skins in particular hold a lot of the nutritional value, as is the case in most vegetables. Sweet potato skins contain fiber, potassium, antioxidants (for cell health) and vitamins A, C, and E. Ready to start cooking sweet potatoes now? Me too.

Sometimes when cooking sweet potatoes people like to play up their sweetness with fall spices like nutmeg and cinnamon or flavors like maple syrup. Personally, I think they’re plenty sweet on their own and just like to make them a little salty. In this recipe I let the potatoes really stand all on their own and added nothing but a little salt, pepper, and granulated garlic to them. Ultra-easy cooking that is nutritious is the name of the game on this one.

Recipe Variations & Substitutions

Best Seasonings for Sweet Potatoes

We love the sweet potatoes this way but if you want to get fancy and doctor them up a little more… I sometimes use a rosemary infused olive oil instead of plain. Alternatively, you could add a little thyme or even sage.

Chili Garlic Sweet Potatoes

Instead of earthy herbs you could opt for a little heat and season your sweet potato wedges with minced garlic and chili powder. Follow the recipe as written but add 1 tablespoon of chili powder to the mixing bowl when seasoning the potato wedges. This should give your wedges a nice crust and just the right amount of heat.

Sweet potato wedges served alongside sliced turkey breast and sautéed spinach.

How to Make Sweet Potato Wedges

Begin by gently scrubbing the potato skins with warm water and a food friendly soap. I do this because I like to leave the skins on.  There are all kinds of vegetable sprays out there (like this one on Amazon) or you can do it the way I do and mix a little castile soap and water in a spray bottle, 50/50, and use that. Castile soap is a vegetable-based soap and is one of those amazing cleaners that once you start using it you’ll wonder how you didn’t know it existed before.

Now that the potatoes are cleaned cut them into wedges, doing your best to make them all roughly the same size so they cook evenly. Toss the wedges into a large bowl, drizzle them with olive oil and season them with granulated garlic, salt and pepper. I use granulated garlic instead of minced only because when roasting at a high temperature the minced garlic is prone to burning a bit. Place the potato wedges on a baking sheet and roast at 425°F for 35 minutes. I also suggest flipping them about halfway through roasting, so they don’t get too dark on any one side.

Sweet potato pancakes fried and served on top of parsnip purée.

FAQ’s and Recipe Tips

How long do I bake sweet potato wedges?

Medium sized sweet potatoes cut into evenly sized wedges of 6-8 pieces per potato should take about 35 minutes at 425°F.

Why are my sweet potato wedges not crispy?

If your wedges are too big they will take much longer to crisp up. The starches released from the potato while cooking are what cause this. Try cutting your potatoes thickness down to no more than 1/2″ on the back side.

How do you keep sweet potato wedges from getting soggy?

Be sure to leave space between the wedges on the baking pan. You want the air to be able to circulate around all the sides of the each potato wedge. If they are too close to one another the starches and steam will be a soggy combination.

The Recipe for Sweet Potato Wedges

The recipe is attached below for easy downloading and printing.  If you test it out be sure to leave a note in the comments below. I’d love to hear what seasonings you chose or if you have another method you love. Enjoy!

Sweet potato wedges

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potato wedges oven baked to crispy perfection. Change up your seasonings to create the perfect compliment to your meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Gently scrub the potato skins and pat dry.
    3 sweet potatoes
  • Cut the potatoes into wedges, 6-8 wedges per potato, trying to keep them all roughly the same size.
  • Add the potato wedges to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
    2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt & pepper
  • Transfer potatoes to a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Roast the potatoes for 35 mins, flipping at least once.

Notes

Play with the seasonings by adding chili powder or to pair with a lighter meal, rosemary.

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