I apologize for not posting for a while, but things have been busy since Thanksgiving. When I got home Sunday night after a lovely weekend of visiting my family I discovered that my kitchen was swimming! Turns out that my plumbing started leaking while I was gone.. Luckily there wasn’t too much flooding and I really didn’t have any damage. The last few days I’ve been waiting for a carpenter to come and crack open my walls and see what’s going on so there’s been no cooking happening. On the bright side, since I had to take everything out of my kitchen, this at least this gives me a chance to clean and reorganize. In the meantime, here’s a recipe that I made a few weeks ago.
This is actually a spin off the traditional roasted peppers and potatoes. I’ve exchanged normal potatoes for sweet potatoes (yams, actually) and added some peas (my favorite!). I think this can stand alone as its own dish (maybe with rice?) but would also be fabulous with the addition of some meat (sausage perhaps??).
Roasted Sweet Potato and Peppers
Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2-4 (4 if a side dish)
- 2 large or 3 medium-sized yams
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil plus a little extra to toss the potatoes in
- 1 white or yellow onion
- 1 bell pepper (any color)
- ½ cup frozen peas
- 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes to taste
- You can substitute sweet potatoes for yams. They are basically the same in taste and really differ only in color – yams are a light yellow and sweet potatoes are bright orange
- You can also use regular white potatoes instead of sweet ones
Take your potatoes, peel them and cut them into cubes. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking pan. Mix your potatoes in a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper, then place in pan. Put into oven and let bake for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes mix them up (try to flip them over) and spread with more of the olive oil mixture. Let cook for another 15 minutes. Potatoes are done when they are just starting to brown. You should also taste one and make sure that it is soft when you bite into it and cooked all the way through. If not, let cook for a few more minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, add the olive oil to your medium-sized pot and bring to medium heat. Cut your onion into long pieces and add to the oil. Let cook for 10-15 minutes or until just starting to caramelize (turn brown).
While the onion is cooking, cut your peppers into small chunks and unthaw your peas (just place them in a bowl of warm water). Once onions are caramelized, add peppers. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, or until soft. Once peppers are cooked, add peas.
Your potatoes should be done by this time. Take them from the oven and add them to the peas, peppers and onions. Mix everything well and add salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Once everything is heated through serve and enjoy!