Home fries in the oven couldn’t be easier. With this recipe we decided to spice things up a bit, and add some sweetness too – why not? Sometimes people think vegetarian recipes are missing out, especially when it comes to classic breakfast ones. Well let them feast on this. We’re serving up some serious deliciousness with this one, get out of the way bland and make way for our Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Home Fries.
Every month we try to get together with a group of friends who live in the area for brunch, when schedules allow, of course. We rotate houses and recipes, and we all bring something that we want to make. We have no theme or rhyme or reason; we just make what we want and it goes together somehow. The most popular person: the one who brings the mimosas!
There’s a lot of restrictions that go around in our text string. People’s diets and sensitivities change, and even their preferences from month to month, so we’re always switching things up in that regard as well.
One month, I decided to play around with home fries. However they needed to be vegan– check. I wanted to pull on spices from a friend’s dish last month–check. And I wanted them to be sweet–check. So here we are, with Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Home Fries – you’re in for a treat.
While monthly brunching may be on hold for a while since we’re home bound around these parts, I had the ingredients laying around and wanted to make a batch up for our own Sunday morning breakfast.
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The sweet potatoes, or yams, whichever you find, were a no brainer for me. I love them. They are very nutritious little buggers, and if you don’t believe me, check out healthline’s 6 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes. Where they go into several different key aspects of what makes a sweet potato so great.
For our purposes, I was only focusing on the sweetness and fiber. The article above pointed out several new and exciting benefits that I can brag about to myself time and time again as to why I’ll choose sweet potatoes in future dishes – and you will too. I mean, they may support brain function? May have cancer fighting properties? Who knew?
Why the oven?
Traditionally most people will parboil their potatoes and then skillet fry them to make home fries (in bacon grease). I wanted to go the way of the oven for this one and try my hand at oven baked home fries. I was bringing these to brunch so I needed something that would travel well, and these babies did the trick.
I also wanted something that I could forget about, frankly. I had other things to do. I wanted to socialize, but if I was responsible for more dishes, as I was when I made these the next time for my family, it worked out perfectly.
I was able to throw them in the oven and then focus on the eggs, toast, and cooking up the vegetarian bacon. Since then I’ve enjoyed the ease with which you can pop them in the oven, and do whatever you want while they are baking away, plus they have the added benefit of filling up your home with delicious smells.
So these oven baked sweet potato home fries give me the freedom to do what I want, but still enjoy a satisfying home fry, they’re great!
- Reheating is possible the next day, but I wouldn’t go any longer as they turn mushy from the moisture content. I would use a toaster oven or the oven on 350 degrees F just until warmed through.
- Storing them in glass or stainless steel is recommended, they may dye your plasticware.
- Prepping: please use a sturdy peeler when peeling sweet potatoes; they aren’t the easiest, that’s for sure.
- Served alone or with a nice egg (or egg substitute for the vegans out there) and toast would make for a delicious breakfast. Bringing it to a brunch makes for a crowd pleaser too and, if you arrive early enough, you can bake them right at your friend’s house.
That’s it, folks. Enjoy this recipe for oven baked home fries and please let us know how you made out in the comments below.
Maple Spiced Sweet Potato Home Fries
- 4 cups sweet potato peeled, cubed
- 1 small sweet onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic pressed (or minced)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil extra-virgin
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2-3 grinds fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and grease a large baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients and mix, coating the potatoes and onion well. Transfer to the baking dish and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
- These can be reheated well, but I would use them up within a day, as they tend to get a bit mushy after that. Use a toaster oven or oven on 350 degrees F until warmed through, approximately 10 minutes.
- They will potentially discolor your plasticware, so you may want to store it in glass or stainless steel.