With roasted sweet potato cubes, the everyday is elevated. These little bites of joy bring a symphony of flavors right to your plate. The dance of sweetness and savory richness, punctuated by a hint of salt and pepper, creates an irresistible allure. They’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, glistening with a light glaze that promises to delight. Baking these vibrant cubes transforms them into a beautiful medley of tastes and textures, perfect for any meal.
Sweet Potatoes vs. Yams
Despite common usage in the United States, the terms “Sweet Potato” and “Yam” don’t refer to the same vegetable. Both types of produce you usually see in American grocery stores, whether they have red skin and orange flesh, or light yellow skin, are actually both varieties of sweet potatoes. The sweet potato variety with the red skin and orange flesh is often mistakenly labeled as “yams” in grocery stores. This specific variety is characterized by its softer texture when cooked, and it’s this type that people often think of as yams in the United States.
True yams are a completely different species of tuber that is not commonly found in conventional American grocery stores. Native to Africa and Asia, true yams have brown or black skin and their flesh can range in color from red to purple or off-white. They are typically larger and more starchy than sweet potatoes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can! While this recipe calls for sweet potatoes, feel free to experiment with other varieties. The flavor and texture may change slightly, but it will still be delicious.
You can substitute honey with maple syrup or agave nectar for a vegan-friendly alternative.
If you’re new to the kitchen, fret not! Roasting vegetables is a simple, practically fail-safe cooking method. All you need to ensure is that the sweet potatoes are cut into even sizes for uniform cooking, and that you keep an eye on the oven.