Stay Sweet: Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Posted On Dec 24, 2018 By Amanda Wormann

Roasted sweet potatoes with thyme

We all love visitors, and the holidays bring many. We've got the big ones under control - Thanksgiving, Hannakuh, Christmas, and New Years - but its the days in between that can feel like a revolving door of surprises with last-minute visits from friends and family. It's fun, it's festive, and, well, it's go-time, my friends.

Remember though, the holidays should be more feel-good than bah-humbug, more Santa than Scrooge. So save yourself unnecessary stress by creating an arsenal of easy go-to's for when you have unexpected guests, allowing you to enjoy the company, rather than dread it. This can be a collection of simple-but-delicious recipes and appetizers that wow your loved ones while using ingredients with a slightly longer shelf life - think potatoes, onions, and frozen meats for main dishes, and small bites like sundried tomatoes, olives, smoked sausage, pepperoni, marinated artichokes, carrots, and nuts for snacking.

Signature Spread

I'm a big believer in having a signature spread. By spread, I'm not talking dip or sandwich smear; I'm talking a delicious spread of snacks you can arrange on a platter at any given notice, without skipping a beat. This is for your sanity – not just for the pleasure of guests. Spread-worthy snacks are typically a mix of tastes and textures – savory, crunchy, salty – that guests can enjoy while socializing and tipping back a tasty beverage upon arrival.

My staples include kalamata olives, cheddar cheese, maple-roasted almonds, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella, brie, artichokes, smoked sausage or pepperoni, and crunchy vegetables like carrots and broccoli. Most of these can be bought ahead of time and last for a couple of weeks, making them a perfect stash-away during to use in these merry moments.

Effortless Protein

It's always a good idea to keep a couple of proteins in the freezer. If you get a call from a guest announcing their visit, you can defrost the meat and roast with herbs and citrus for a lovely holiday touch without much fuss. Looking for a recipe? Give these lemon-thyme roasted chicken legs a try.

Stress-free Side

Potato dishes work well as a last minute side. They're delicious, yes, but potatoes also really easy to keep on hand because they last a while when stored properly. My favorite potato dishes include garlic-rosemary smashers and one of my all-time favorites, these four-ingredient Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes.

Thyme-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Roasted sweet potatoes with thyme


  • 1.5 pounds sweet potatoes (about 3 small-medium sized potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ tablespoon thyme

To Get The Goods:

  1. Cut the sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces, toss in olive oil, salt, and thyme.
  2. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheet, bake at 425° F for 25 minutes. Flip over the potatoes, bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until light brown on each side.
Roasted sweet potatoes