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Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Updated on October 18, 2014

Annie's Savory Roasted Sweet 'taters

Welcome to my lens. I entered it into the Squidoo Thanksgiving Cookoff (for Charity) and it was selected! The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has been given $1,000.

I really wanted to join this contest in the hopes of earning money for this wonderful charity, the only problem was I don't cook. Then I thought...I don't have to do this alone. I asked friends from an online community that I am a part of, the same one that was the reason I cared about this charity, if they have a family recipe that I could use. Thankfully someone responded! The recipe below comes from "Annie Purl". It's a very simple and delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope you enjoy -- and if you do, don't be shy, spread the word!

The Recipe

Annie's Savory Roasted Sweet 'Taters


6 Sweet Potatoes
3 Tbsp Butter or Olive Oil
Cracked Rosemary
Sea Salt


Peel sweet potatoes and cut into half to three quarter inch cubes. Spread in a single layer in a jelly roll pan. Drizzle with olive oil or dot with butter. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with cracked rosemary.

Bake at 350°-375° for 45 minutes to an hour. The edges will get toasty brown and they will caramelize a bit in the pan.

Serves 4-6

Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts

  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables.

  • Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

  • Sweet potatoes are also a good source of manganese, copper, dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, potassium and iron.

  • Sweet Potatoes can help balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Based on one large sweet potato (200g) baked in skin without salt.
Based on one large sweet potato (200g) baked in skin without salt.

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How to Choose and Handle Sweet Potatoes

  • Choose firm, fairly evenly-shaped sweet potatoes with even skin coloration.

  • Do not purchase if they have white areas, that is a sign of decay.

  • Select sweet potatoes with a deep orange color for the most nutrition value.

  • Do not put sweet potatoes in the refrigerator.

  • Store them in a cool, dry, well ventilated container.

  • For the best flavor and freshness, use them within a week or two after purchase.

  • Always use a stainless steel knife to cut sweet potatoes.

We did it!

While it's home was on Squidoo, this page was chosen as Lens of the Day on November 18th 2009.

But even more important than that, $1,000.00 has been donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Thank you so much Annie for sharing your recipe with me, and Deb, I hope this is a wonderful birthday present for your sweet angel Mary Kathryn.

       This page was made in Mary Kathryn's honor.

Tried this recipe? Tell us about it!

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      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Your recipe is awesome. Its twist to Mediterranean ingredients adds an extra plus to your effort:=)

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      5 years ago

      I love roasted sweet potatoes. The rosemary is a nice touch.

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      5 years ago

      This is a great recipe. I bake sweet potatoes often. They are delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • mizzyjo profile image


      6 years ago

      I hear Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Yippee for this luscious sounding recipe!

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens

    • Spiderlily321 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a great lens. I'm a big veggie eater and I love sweet potatoes so much. I can't wait to try this recipe. I have a lens on a few chili recipes without the red meat. Thank you for sharing! I

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      6 years ago

      Just letting you know that I have featured this page on my new lens: Spicy Roasted Vegetables I love sweet potatoes, especially roasted with spices

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      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I love sweet potatoes! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      Will need to try this recipe. Happy Thanksgiving and a squid angel blessing too!

    • fionajean profile image


      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great lens - will be trying when I can get my hands on some sweet potatoes

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      7 years ago

      An unusual twist with a great tasting veggie... thanks for the ideas!

    • Violin-Student profile image


      7 years ago

      Love sweet potatoes. My wife likes them with just butter and a little brown sugar!

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      These savory sweet potatoes sound absolutely delicious...great combo of ingredients. This lens is featured on Over 101 Words That Describe Food ( for the word nutritious. Feel free to submit another sentence or two, the form is at the bottom of the lens ;) Plus my Angel Blessing today is SWAH.

    • jackieb99 profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmm...sounds so delicious, I'm going to give it a try.

    • thesuccess2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Must pay more attention to Sweet Potatoes and savory sounds good. Angel Blessing.Still trying to work out the recipe box's CSS

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      8 years ago

      My nephew has this disease, Type 1 juvenile diabetes but he is coping.We all watch out for him. Families are on a constant state of vigilance all day and all night long.Hopefully, this dreaded disease can be eradicated forever someday soon.

    • funcook profile image


      8 years ago

      I agree - roasting brings out the natural sugars in vegetables. A great way to enjoy sweet potatoes. I'm adding this to my lensroll for Cooking Turkey. Thanks for sharing!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I really, really like sweet potatoes. Where I live, these tuberous roots are called kumara. I throw them on the BBQ at least 3 times a week in summer and, in winter, bake them in various ways. I like them mashed, grated into cakes and my children ate them boiled with butternuts when they were small

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      8 years ago

      Quick, easy, tasty and healthy - that's what your savoury, roasted sweet potato lens is about and I love it. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I would love to make this for dinner tonight.

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      9 years ago


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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice! Simple and delicious recipe that my family can enjoy. I will definitely try this one out. Thanks for sharing. Hope you could visit my lenses as well. Thanks again

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done & blessed! Congratulations on LOTD & welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z Headquarters.

    • Dee Gallemore profile image

      Dee Gallemore 

      9 years ago

      Simple but delicious recipe . . . a great cause . . . and a job well done. Congrats on LOtD!5-Stars and featured.

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      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Teamwork! And such a simple, but yummy recipe. I love it. Congrats to you and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for the LotD. Well deserved. 5 stars and lenrolled to my Thanksgiving lens.

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These sounds pretty tasty to me. I have to introduce Debbie to sweet potatoes. Cooked the right way they are really good. 5***** for a cracking good lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Yum!... I just love yams... which are sort of like sweet potatoes lol...I'll be trying this recipe with yams soon!

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      9 years ago

      First, congratulations on winning the prize of $1,000.00 for the juvenile diebetes.Second, great lens as always.A 5++Poutine

    • delia-delia profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!.....5* I love sweet potatoes and eat them all the time, they are so good for you and they can be prepared in so many delicious ways...

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      9 years ago from Montana

      Whoo hoo! You did it. Well done, Christene. Well deserved congrats.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I love sweet potatoes and this recipe looks great.

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      9 years ago

      Sweet, savory and simple. What more could you ask for? Congratulations on winning LOTD and $1000 for a charity that is obviously close to your heart.

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      9 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I'm going to try this for dinner tonight. Congrats on LOTD!

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      9 years ago

      I don't cook either but this simple recipe and the cause behind it inspire me to start on the path to a yummy and nutritious meal made by me.

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD and your donation! Nicely done :o)

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Love baked sweet potatoes and these sound wonderful! Congrats on LOTD and the super donation to your charity.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on your win! It is a win for me as well, since I support the same charity! Love your lens! Lensrolling and featuring you on my Thanksgivng Craft Ideas charity lens.

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      9 years ago

      Gratz on getting lens of the day! that is awesome.. I am still trying to figure out to get good ranking on lenses lol.. Very informative, and a recipe I will have to try! Thank you for sharing. Have any dessert recipes to share? Please do on my lens you win!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on having the Lens Of The Day and for you charity! Recipe looks not only very yummy but looks just as simple to make. A must try for me. Kudos!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Congrats! This recipe sounds delicious, and easy enough for me to try! Even though I'm not a great fan of Sweet Potatoes I do love savory roasted vegetables.

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Congratulations to you for having your lens selected for LOTD and earning the wonderful donation to Juvenile Diabetes. Looks like a 'delish' recipe.

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      9 years ago

      Truly great Lens of the Day. Congratulations!

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations to your wonderful charity and to you for this creative and fabulous lens of the day!

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. Keep up the good work..This recipe sounds delicious.

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Congrats on LotD!I've got this delicious recipe featured at

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      IArtist LM 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on the lens of the Day! - This is a truly well done lens - Kuddos

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      stacy mcdaniel 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations! I havent tried this recipe. It sounds delicious. I will have to give it a try.

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD, Christene!

    • verymary profile image


      9 years ago from Chicago area

      Now this is my kind of recipe! 5 ingredients, and 2 of them are olive oil and rosemary...mmmmm. Congrats; well deserved!

    • eccles1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD ! I always steam my sweet potatoes but I'm making your 'Annie's Savory Roasted Sweet 'taters this week they sound deliciousHappy Thanksgiving

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a thoughtful lens. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations and THANKS, Christene. Here's the Cookoff Winner / Lens of the Day post. "It's not about the potatoes." :) -- Megan

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      congrats on LOTD!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on your LOTD lens, a beautiful lens, delicious, I love sweet potatoes and yams all year round. So healthy! 5stars and lensrolling:-)

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on lens of the day!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD. We have a friend whose daughter has juvenile diabetes. It would be great to find a cure.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      9 years ago from Montana

      Dang, I should have read this recipe last night BEFORE trying to make my own. Now, I know how to do it for next time, however. Good luck with the competition!

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      9 years ago

      This recipe sounds scrumptious! I love the addition of rosemary to the recipe. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and hoping your recipe brings JDRF a bountiful prize in Mary Kathryn's honor.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Sounds good. I think I'll try this recipe!

    • wilddove6 profile image


      9 years ago

      What a wonderful, stylish, and simple lens!I love the recipe and am going to try this....I never thought of using rosemary with sweet potato, but it sounds delicious!A great lens for a great cause!Good luck, and a wing high five!


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