Oven-Roasted Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

Check out a new way to enjoy sweet potatoes from the winner of our Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Contest.

Oven-Roasted Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Marie Saba’s Oven-Roasted Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”30 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ]”The traditional sweet potato casserole, filled with butter and sugar and topped with marshmallows, often accompanies Thanksgiving meals. You can enjoy sweet potatoes without all of the fat and sugar — this recipe does the job! The bit of brown sugar brings out the natural sugar in the sweet potatoes, and the hint of cayenne adds a memorable kick.

— Marie Saba, winner of our Healthy Recipe Contest, judged by Walter Willett, MD, professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy.

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  • Nonstick baking spray
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled or scrubbed, cut into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar


  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on tast
  • Finely ground sea salt, for seasoning
  • Freshly ground pepper, for seasoning
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    [step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”40 minutes”]
    [step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=””]Preheat oven to 450° F.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=””]Spray baking spray on large baking sheet.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=””]Combine oil, sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in small bowl.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=””]Place potato wedges in large bowl; pour oil mixture over potatoes and toss to coat.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=””]Spread potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”6″ image_url=”” title=””]Bake potatoes for 15 minutes; remove from oven and turn potatoes.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”7″ image_url=”” title=””]Bake again until potatoes are tender and slightly caramelized, about 15 more minutes.[/step-item]

    [step-item number=”8″ image_url=”” title=””]Transfer potatoes to serving dish and season to taste with salt and pepper; serve immediately.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

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