Here's a great way to roast sweet potatoes. It's how my darling sister, Sally, made them when I visited her last week. She uses a commercial blend of Russian sausage seasoning (Penzey's "Tsardust Memories"), but I didn't have any, and badly wanted to make these, so I went online to look at that product's ingredient list, and then winged it. I like grinding the dry marjoram with the ground spices in my mortar and pestle. I picked up that technique from several Diana Kennedy recipes. Doing this releases the flavor of the dried herb quite effectively. I hope you enjoy this. ;o) —AntoniaJames
4 - 6, depending on the size of the potatoes and the size of your appetites
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ - 1 teaspoon sumac, to taste
½ teaspoon sea salt (a couple of good pinches)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder (not one with salt)
Black pepper (a few turns of the grinder, or to taste)
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram or ¼ teaspoon dried (see note below)
1 This recipe was posted by AntoniaJames, a contributor to FoodFiftyTwo.
Heat your oven to 375F. If using dried marjoram (there's no reason not to), grind it with the spices and seasonings using a mortar and pestle; if using fresh marjoram, simply combine it with the spices and seasonings in a bowl.
Toss the sweet potato pieces with the olive oil. (Drizzle it slowly over them and then toss.)
Sprinkle the spices and seasonings, and toss well to coat.
Roast for about 45 minutes, turning them once or twice.
Here's a fun trick I discovered on my own: Heat your baking sheet while heating your oven. Don't put the sweet potatoes (or whatever else you're roasting) onto it until it's really hot. It roasts the vegetables more quickly, giving them a nice crispy edge.
When I'm not working (negotiating transactions for internet companies), or outside enjoying the gorgeous surroundings here in the San Francisco Bay Area, I'm likely to be cooking, shopping for food, planning my next culinary experiment, or researching, voraciously, whatever interests me. In my kitchen, no matter what I am doing -- and I actually don't mind cleaning up -- I am deeply grateful for having the means to create, share with others and eat great food. Life is very good. ;o)