This Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Cranberries recipe is one of those go-to dishes that you will be making over and over. Everyone loves a simple, tasty and healthy side dish and this deliciously seasoned sweet potato-apple casserole delivers on flavor.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
The Goodness of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are so versatile and can be used in stews and soups, they can be baked whole, mashed into casseroles and fried. But my friends, roasting a sweet potato brings out some tasty flavors, you can’t get otherwise. Roasting sweet potatoes carmelizes the edges and keeps the center nice and creamy with all its sweet, earthy flavor. Pure sweet potato goodness.
Sweet potatoes adapt well to flavoring and adding cinnamon, maple syrup and sage adds a sweet and savory flavor to baked sweet potatoes.
This tasty casserole is one you can serve along with a big turkey or ham for the holidays, it pairs well with pork chops and sausages and, one of my favorite meals is a big salad and a plate of this baked sweet potato-apple casserole.
Ingredients you need for this recipe
- Sweet Potatoes – I use garnet sweet potatoes
- Maple Syrup
- Olive Oil
How to make roasted sweet potatoes with apples and cranberries.
Remember I said this recipe is easy to make, all you need is one bowl and one baking dish, and for that matter, you can just mix everything in the baking dish if you prefer. I just like to dirty more dishes.
With a vegetable peeler, peel and then cut the sweet potatoes in half then slice into half-moon shapes.
No need to peel the apples, just cut into quarters and slice.
Pour all the ingredients into a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Is it a Sweet Potato or a Yam and why is it confusing?
First of all Sweet Potatoes are a root vegetable and native to the Americas and Yams are a tuber and native to Africa and Asia.
Garnet Sweet Potatoes – have rosy skin and orange flesh that is moist when cooked or baked. Their shape can be big and oval to cylindrical.
Jewel Sweet Potatoes – have light brown to golden skins with a creamy yellow flesh that is firm. They have a cylindrical shape with tapered ends
Real yams – are mostly grown in Africa and Asia and hard to find in the U.S. Yams are larger in shape and starchier than a sweet potato and have a skin that almost resembles a tree trunk.
Here in the U.S. mostly what is available to buy in stores are really Sweet Potatoes but in many places, they are called yams. I have actually never had a real yam. My local store calls the garnets yams and the jewels sweet potatoes which apparently because of USDA labeling.
The real reason for the name variations goes back to the African slaves that were brought to the US and sweet potatoes reminded them of their homeland yams and the name started to be used interchangeably.
Other One Hot Oven Recipes with fall flavor you might enjoy
Apple Cider Baked Apples are sweet and tender with a tangy apple cider glaze.
Spicy Pumpkin Sheet Cake is a simple cake to make that delivers on a great pumpkin flavor.
Spiced Orange Cranberry Bread is full of tart cranberries and sweet orange with all the great fall warming spices to add flavor.
Maple Syrup Walnut Muffins are sweetened with just the maple syrup for a lightly sweet walnut muffin.
Your recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350° F. You will need a medium-size baking pan.
- Peel the sweet potatoes then cut in half and slice into 1/4" half-moon shapes. Add to a large bowl or you can add directly to the baking pan
- Cut the apples in half, then into quarters. Remove the core and seeds. No need to peel. Add to the sweet potatoes
- Mix in the cranberries, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, sage, and salt.
- Place the mixture into a baking pan large enough to hold the mixture. It is best to not overcrowd the potatoes so they roast better.
- Roast the sweet potatoes for 45 minutes or until the potatoes and apples are nice and tender. Stir the casserole several times during baking.
Quick and Easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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