Sweet potatoes 2 Ways

An ingredient that I had not eaten since I was a kid and surprisingly my husband too had never tried it. Sweet potatoes.

A healthy ingredient which sees a presence in many a Christmas dinner. Oven baked sweet potatoes with my special mix and my first attempt at hasselbacks but with sweet potatoes. Surprisingly filling and the texture of crispy outside and melt in your mouth inside makes this a dish to welcome back in our lives


Oven baked sweet potatoes

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried Parsley
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 large sweet potatoes
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
Sea salt at the end

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
2) In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients except oil
3) cube the sweet potatoes. Brush with olive oil. 
4) Rub the seasoning mix all over. 
5) Place sweet potatoes on a baking tray covered in foil. 
6) Bake in preheated oven until tender, or about 45 mins
7) sprinkle any left over spice mix and sea salt. 

Rcp inspired from allrecipes.com

Hasselback sweet potatoes

2 sweet potatoes
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp thyme 
2-3 grated garlic 
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp herbed cream cheese
Chopped chives

1) Preheat the oven. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and grease it with olive oil. 
2) Make a series of thin slices along each potato, slicing 2/3 of the way through. (In order to make each slice the same, postion the sweet potato between a set of chopsticks. When when you cut down, the chopsticks will prevent you from cutting all the way down- I used the ends of a pakad)
3) Stir together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Rub the potatoes all over with the mixture, getting in between the slices. Be careful not to break the potatoes. 
4) Place on the baking sheet and roast until the center of the potatoes are tender and the outside is crisp, 45 minutes at 180 degrees. 5) 30 mins later through the roasting time, remove the potatoes from the oven and run a fork gently across the tops of the potatoes, using light pressure, to fan the slices and separate them from one another.
6) Once cooked, slather some cream cheese and garnish with chives. 

Rcp inspired from ncsweetpotatoes.com