Even without cinnamon and sugar, sweet potatoes are an incredibly delicious side dish that does amazing with simple herbs and a smattering of butter. Learn how to make diced sweet potatoes in the oven and enjoy with your next main dish in just 40 minutes.
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Baking Sweet Potatoes
When it comes to baking sweet potatoes to serve as a simple dish, you can def make them whole but they take longer.
This particular sweet potato recipe allows you to have the same taste as a baked sweet potato, but lowers the cooking time by cutting up the potatoes to just the flesh.
You will need to prep the potatoes by removing the skin and cutting down the potato.
This recipe is focused on simple seasoning and combining the savory flavors of salt, pepper, melted butter and oregano with the natural sweetness of the potato. Yum!
Before getting started, gather the following recipe items and then scroll down to learn how to make this recipe.
Diced Sweet Potatoes in Oven
Full measurements with an easy to follow printable recipe card are at the bottom of the post, helping you print for shopping and to cook in the kitchen.
- cooking oil
- 3 sweet potatoes
SERVE WITH: Ritz Cracker Chicken
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I think when people consider sweet potato side dishes, they automatically think of sweet potato casseroles that are smothered in delicious butters and melted marshmallows.
And that is a delicious side dish. But sweet potato side dishes can also be savory and do not take a holiday to enjoy. The key to making and baking sweet potatoes is prep and time.
As with almost all potatoes, they take some time to cook and this recipe is no exception.
That being said, other than the time to cook this dish, its mostly super simple and the prep is on the back end, making it not complicated to make at all.
How long do you bake sweet potatoes?
Sweet potato time in the oven varies and potatoes cook faster when cut up.
This sweet potato recipe that bakes in the oven takes approximately 40 minutes to soften and bake potatoes in dish.
If you bake a sweet potatoes whole, it typically takes a full 60 minutes and a higher oven temperature.
I will be publishing a separate article on how to do bake a whole potato coming up.
Difference in Sweet Potatoes and Yams
The biggest difference in a sweet potato and a yam is the texture and flavor. Sweet potatoes are exactly what they sound like – a sweet, delicious potato with an orange outside.
Yams, however, are brown on the outside and are a lot more starchy. Do not substitute yams for sweet potatoes in every recipe or you may be surprised on the taste difference.
Are Sweet Potatoes Healthy?
Sweet potatoes are not actually a potato! As far as being healthy or healthier compared to a regular potato, they are very similar in nutritional value, with a slight uptick for sweet potatoes in fiber count.
Remember this is really only compared raw veggie to raw veggie – once you start smothering your sweet potatoes in marshmallows, cinnamon, and brown sugar butter, things change quite quickly.
Your taste buds will thank you, but your waste line says only occasionally, haha.
How to Cook Sweet Potatoes
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Add prepped potatoes (here is a great potato peeler) and cooking oil to the dish and mix well to evenly coat all potatoes.
Mix seasoning together and sprinkle on top of potatoes.
Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and return to oven for an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Serve with butter.
These sweet potatoes also make a great prep for sweet mashed potatoes.
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" pieces
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- butter for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking dish that is oven friendly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Peel and prep sweet potatoes by dicing into 1/2 inch pieces. Make sure all pieces are similar in size to avoid over or under cooking some.
- Add potatoes and cooking oil to the dish and mix well to evenly coat all vegetables.
- Mix seasoning together and sprinkle on top of sweet potatoes.
- Cover entire casserole dish with foil and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and return to oven for an additional 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
- Serve with lots of butter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 110Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.