Roasted (baked) Sweet Potatoes

During my recent culinary journey, exploring healthier food choices, I have started to appreciate the sweet potato much more.  It is not a food source that we would have used much in Denmark or Ireland. probably because we have a much stronger alliance with regular spuds.

Nevertheless, I came across an awesome and simple side dish made with sweet potatoes.  It goes well with duck, most meats or perhaps even white fish dishes.

All in all, it takes about 1.5 hours to make, so it is not just a simple fast dish.  But, if you prepare it right, you can taste the excellent flavors and perhaps even sense the love that it was made with.

Sweet potatoes are a healthy choice, although with the amount of butter used for this dish, perhaps no longer as healthy.  That said, it’s a brilliant tasting dish, and very easy to make.

Ideal for a Sunday roast dinner, or weekend dinner.  Your choice!


  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste or fresh garlic
  • 3 teaspoons of fennel seeds
  • 1 shallot onion

Let’s get cooking 🙂

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F, roughly 205C
  2. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes.
  3. Slice the potatoes into thin slices
  4. Slice the onion into thin slices
  5. Melt the butter, and mix in the garlic and fennel seeds.
  6. Select an oven tray that fits the number of potato slices, standing up, and that has a lid.  Perhaps a Dutch oven if you have.
  7. Pour 2/3 of the melted butter mixture into an oven tray
  8. Place the potato slices upright in the tray, not lying down, but standing
  9. Place the onion on top of the potatoes, and perhaps squeeze some slices between potato slices
  10. Gently sprinkle the remaining butter mixture on top of the potatoes
  11. Place it in the preheated oven, and cover it with a lid
  12. Bake (roast) it for an hour
  13. Remove the lid, increase heat to 450F / 230C, and bake it for another 15 minutes.  Keep a close eye on the dish as you do not want to burn the potatoes or onions.

Take it out, let it cool off a few minutes, then serve alongside your meat or fish dishes.

I guarantee that it will be a popular side dish going forward, both for kids and adults.

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