This easy oven baked Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Cranberries casserole recipe is one of those go-to dishes that you will be making over and over. This is a simple, tasty, and healthy side dish, and these potatoes are sweet and savory and full of delicious fall flavors everyone loves.
What I love about this simple side dish beside the maple and cinnamon flavor is it is light and not super sweet like most sweet potato dishes. This recipe uses olive oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of sugar.
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.
These potatoes are perfect any time of the year and can be served 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 roasted sweet potato-apple casserole.
Sweet Potatoes – I use garnet sweet potatoes
Apples – I use Granny Smith
Sage – I use rubbed sage
How to roast sweet potatoes
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.
Step 1. With a, peel and then cut the sweet potatoes in half then slice into half-moon shapes. If you don’t peel the potatoes for this recipe the peel will just fall off and not look too pretty.
Step 2. No need to peel the apples, just wash them, and then cut them into quarters and slice.
Step 3. Add the sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, sage, olive oil, and salt to a bowl, and mix to incorporate all the ingredients. When adding the sage, you need to break it up but rubbing between your fingers to make smaller pieces.
Step 4. Pour all the ingredients into a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. This is seriously one colorful casserole.
If you like, you can prepare the potatoes with all the ingredients and put them in the baking pan and cover with plastic, and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake. This is especially helpful for getting some of your dishes ready for the holidays early.
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 sweet potatoes 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, apparently because of USDA labeling requirements.
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.
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Make sure to have these ingredients on hand
Maple syrup is what sweetens this dish so make sure to use one with good flavor. Cinnamon and sage are the two herbs used that add very distinct flavors. Just a note on sage use the rubbed sage or fresh sage, and just use a small amount as it can be overpowering.
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.
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