Sweet Potatoes Glammed Up

10 Comments 05 October 2012

sweet potato salad

Very glam–and very easy!

You know how I said put sweet potatoes on your shopping list this week because I had a recipe for you? Here it is! This could be a tasty vegetarian dish or an exciting side dish. Interesting enough to bring to a neighbours New Years Eve party, but easy enough to make for dinner tonight.

Ok, I will confess that I didn’t toast the pecans in the oven because I already had something else on the other rack and anyway I wanted to use my new cast iron pan my mom gave me. I was initially nervous about using it–I thought everything would stick horrendously, but then I learned how to season cast iron properly and now I love it, looking for any excuse to use it.

Lodge pan

I love the cast iron pan so much that I’ve been spending far too much time looking at more on eBay…

And I will make another confession. The recipe calls for lots of parsley. I have lots of parsley growing in my vegetable garden (and lots of weeds). Earlier today I remembered to pull some spring onions for the recipe (yes, I found exactly the right number of spring onions in amongst the nettles!) but forgot about the parsley until it was dark. I don’t like going out in the garden in the dark at the moment. I know. Whatever. Anyway, I made this recipe with loads of fresh coriander instead (not from my garden) because I had a massive bunch of it in my fridge. And it tastes fab so if you don’t have parsley and you do have coriander it still works.

spring onions

Home grown spring onions! I was so proud I had to take a photo.

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Roasted Sweet Potato with Pecan & Maple

or, Sweet Potatoes Glammed Up

(adapted from the Ottolenghi cookbook)

Serves about 4

  • 2 sweet potatoes (about 850g in total)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 35g pecans
  • 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander
  • ¼ tsp flaked chilli
  • 35g sultanas
  • Salt and pepper


  • 60ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 190ºC/Gas Mark 5.

The original recipe says not to peel the sweet potatoes, but I did and I liked them peeled. Cut into 1 inch cubes, toss in some olive oil until all the pieces are lightly covered. Roast (or, bake? What’s the difference between roasting and baking, or can you only bake a cake?) in the oven until the potatoes are just tender, about 30 minutes. About half way through stir them around a bit.

Here’s where you can roast/toast the pecans in a baking tray in the same oven for about 5 minutes or you can toast thin a pan on the top. Either way, watch them closely! If they burn even slightly you cannot use them. Don’t even try. Blegh.

Make the dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

When the sweet potatoes are ready, pour them into a large bowl (yes, while still hot) and add the rest of the ingredient and mix, then pour in the dressing and mix. Ta da!

Different, and fabulous. And really, really glam.



Your Comments

10 Comments so far

  1. Carole says:

    This looks sooooo good. I love sweet potatoes so will try this recipe minus the pecans. I wonder if almonds would work instead?

  2. Mari says:

    Delicious recipe, I have a sweet potato in the fridge too :)

    I’m also curious about your cast iron pan ….

  3. Bronya says:

    YUM! This looks soo delicious, I will definitely have to make this next week. Love that the spring onions are home grown, unfortunately my student garden is just gravel.

    And I have just looked at ONE international, I must get involved. And their little sweet potato is so sweet!

  4. This looks so unusual, I would never have though of putting those flavours together. I love the idea of doing something different with sweet potato as I always cook it the same old way.

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  6. Yummy! We LOVE sweet potatoes in our house so its nice to find an alternative to the obligatory mashed sweet potato that is usually inhaled by the kidlets. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Mindy says:

    I had to look up saltanas and coriander. Never heard of saltanas before, and I only knew of corriender the spice. So for any Americans out there, Saltanas are a white dried grape/raisen(Michelle?) and coriander is celanteo.

    This looks and sounds delicious! I am going to see about makinf this for Thanksgiving instead of the baked yams with marshmellows we usually make!

    Thanks for shareing!

    • Michelloui says:

      That’s right, sultanas are just white grapes and yes, coriander is indeed cilantro–I should have explained that better!!

      Glad you like the look of this, hope you like the taste!

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