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Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I know that all the rage right now is pumpkin, and I am 110% behind the seasonal movement, but if you’ve shorted a circuit on it already I give you something not orange. Hooray!

Well, if you make this with yams, then technically it’d be orange – but these are sweet potatoes, not yams.

Big difference.

Or not. Probably just to some potato-snob. But to us everyday sallies – Potato, pototoe. They’re both fall favorites and sweet – but I seemed to find that sweet potatoes developed a better outter crunch from roasting, like regular ol’ potatoes, and that yams were left a little more on the soft side of things.

Fall is in full swing, and here in Seattle the rains have finally started. After 87 days of no measurable rain – I know in Seattle of all places – the rains have begun and its time to break out the warm and cozy everything. Hello fuzzy red slippers, over sized sweatshirts and fifteen blankets on the bed, much to the chagrin of my life long cuddle buddy and Huck.

Well – this is is the food equivalent of fifteen warm and cozy blankets on the bed. Or the draw of a tennis ball under a dining room table – it’s hard to resist and you must have it.

For this incredibly simple and bound to be fall tradition, start with two large sweet potatoes.

With a peeler, remove the skins and dice the sweet potatoes into large cubes. Toss them into a large bowl and toss with a ⅓ cup of this…

Star Fine Foods is coming out with a new line of balsamic glazes that are a perfect compliment to just about anything under the sun – from savory dishes to even desserts. *gasp* I know, right? My balsamic-spidey senses just tingle every time I come near this stuff. Or better yet just cut to the chase and hand me a straw.

On top of that add 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, ½ tsp rosemary, ¼ tsp thyme, 2 cloves of garlic minced and salt and pepper to taste. Using a spatula, mix the whole lot around until all the potatoes are covered and sexy.

Onto a aluminum foil lined baking sheet drizzled with garlic olive oil, pour the whole lot out and place in a 375 degree preheated oven. Roast for 15 minutes, turn potatoes with a spatula and roast for another 15 until they are fork tender and golden brown.

If you’re feeling extra sassy – take it up another notch with a sprinkling of goat cheese, dried cranberries and wait for it…walnuts. The soft, the crunchy, the tangy, the sweet – are your balsamic-spidey senses tingling, too? Yeah…I thought so.

Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potato with Goat Cheese and Cranberries

And it has walnuts, too.

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 40 Minutes

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Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes, cubed
⅓ cup Apple Balsamic Glaze
½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
½ tsp Rosemary
¼ tsp Thyme
2 cloves Garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to Taste
4 tbsp Garlic Olive Oil
¼ cup Chopped Walnuts
⅓ cup Dried Cranberries
¼ cup Crumbled Goat Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Using a peeler, peel the skin off two large sweet potatoes. Cut into cubes. Place in large bowl. Toss with ⅓ cup Apple Balsamic Glaze, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Throughly coat sweet potatoes with ingredients.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Drizzle baking sheet and aluminum with garlic olive oil. Pour all sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Gently remove baking sheet from oven, turn potatoes, and return to oven for 15 more minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.

Place in serving dish. Garnish with chopped walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese. Serve while warm and devour.

*Fine Print* Star Fine Foods has generously sent me the new Glaze line to test out and create a recipe. I give you this. I am being monetarily compensated for the recipe – but all opinions are my own. This stuff rocks!

   

17 Responses to “Apple Balsamic Roasted Sweet Potatoes”

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    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } — October 19, 2012 @ 3:40 am

    This looks delicious! I love the goat cheese + Cranberry combo!

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    Carol | a cup of mascarpone — October 19, 2012 @ 5:06 am

    O.M.Goodness!!! These look absolutely DIVINE!!! What an incredible combination of delicious savory goodness!!!

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — October 19, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    I love how this dish covers all of my favorite food groups – sweet, sour, creamy, crunchy & colorful. I’m beyond excited that fall is finally here!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — October 19, 2012 @ 5:37 am

    This is getting made for Thanksgiving! Love the goat cheese cranberry combo!

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    Kathryn — October 19, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    So lovely and cosy and autumnal. Love it!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 19, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Love the mix of red pepper flakes and balsamic! Looks delish!

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    Maria — October 19, 2012 @ 6:58 am

    Love all of the flavors!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 19, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    If you hadn’t said these were sweet potatoes, I’d never have guessed outside of the actual picture of them in raw form!

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    Linda | The Urban Mrs — October 19, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    I smell something delicious in here. Looks very cozy and I always have sweet potato – roasted or steamed. This looks very comforting.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — October 19, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Yum yum yum! Love the cranberry and goat cheese in this!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 19, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    loving all the flavors of this and you know i’m digging that star fine foods glaze!! i want the garlic olive oil we used when i was there!! so good

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    Kirsten — October 20, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Since most of the food groups are represented (cheese, potatoes, fruit,) these are a totally legit dinner, right?

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    Jessica — October 21, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    These look Ahhhh-Mazing!! (said just like Penny on Happy Endings)

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    JCups — October 21, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    That looks amazing and I’m in love with Huck, wish my Lab Sarah would fetch things

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    Misty — November 4, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    I wasn’t able to find the apple balsamic glaze.. Could you describe what it tastes like? Trying to create my own!

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    Tania — November 21, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    I have scoured every store in my area for this glaze and have come up empty handed. I would love to try to make my own but don’t even know where to start.

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