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The thing about sweet potatoes is that you don’t really need to do much to them to make them delicious – bake one whole and it’s incredibly tasty all on its own. But that doesn’t mean they’re not also amenable to being dressed up a little bit by other ingredients, like these Roasted Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potatoes. They’re not gussied up with much – just some butter, garlic, Parmesan, and a bit of bacon – but the end result is positively mouthwatering, all-at-once sweet, savory, crispy, and tender.

You’ll start by peeling and slicing your sweet potatoes into rounds and lining them up on a baking sheet. Unlike with other veggies you might roast, here you don’t need to worry about crowding the pan; you can go ahead and overlap them in tidy little rows.

And then you brush them with butter. Because butter makes everything better.

Once they’re all coated, you sprinkle them with a mixture of Parmesan, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper so that the entire top surface is covered.

And then you bake. As the sweet potatoes become tender, the Parmesan turns crispy so every bite of these melts in your mouth but has that delicately satisfying crunch of broiled cheese. It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a buttery garlic flavor to contrast the subtle sweetness of the orange spuds and it’s an incredibly successful combination.

While this is a side that impresses, it’s casual enough for busy weeknight fare too. Some chopped bacon and fresh parsley really bring it home, but even without those two I’m confident it would still be a side my family requested on the regular.

Serves 4

5m prep time

25m cook time

Rated 4.4 out of 5
Rated by 23 reviewers
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped, for serving
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper (about 1 tsp and 1/2 teaspoon respectively) and toss to combine.
  3. Arrange sweet potatoes on baking sheet, overlapping slightly and brush with melted butter.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan mixture over the top and bake until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with bacon and chopped parsley and serve. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Eat Well 101.

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