Have you ever heard of a veggie side dish that sounds more delicious than caramelized blood orange sweet potato wedges? Nope. Didn’t think so. Especially not when you add in the dairy-free garlic aioli. I know the dish sounds complicated, but I assure you it’s really quite simple. There’s nothing I hate more than a complicated recipe. Not only is this recipe gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s also Whole 30, Paleo, and Autoimmune Paleo compliant. Wins all around, sister!
This is a perfect fall dish that will be delicious on the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. It presents so eloquently and will make your friends and family swoon. I added on additional sprigs of thyme as garnish to diversify the colors. So gorgeous!
How to make perfect sweet potato wedges
I feel like sweet potato wedges should be way more popular than they are. You don’t have to go through the pain of slicing them into tiny pieces for French fries. You also don’t have to live with a boring baked sweet potato that’s void of caramelized goodness. I make sweet potato wedges by slicing them into fourths, tossing them in oil, then baking them in the oven for 45 minutes. Super simple, but if you’re looking for a burst of flavor, read on.
Which sweet potato is best for baking?
I personally prefer to bake with sweet potatoes that have a darker orange or red colored skin and orange flesh. I find them to be the sweetest varieties and that they taste very moist. Sweet potatoes with tan or purple skin, on the other hand, are a bit more starchy. They tend to taste more like white potatoes when it comes to texture. Any sweet potato will work for this recipe, but I strongly recommend picking some that are sweeter.
Will sweet potato cause bloating?
I get this question from clients and Rooted in Healing instagram followers. If your gut is in healthy shape, you should be able to easily digest sweet potatoes without a problem. If you’re dealing with any type of co-infection like SIBO, candida, or parasites, then bloating may occur when eating sweet potatoes. Of course, your stomach may also become distended if you get a little crazy and over consume them.. but that would happen to anyone!
When are sweet potatoes in season?
Sweet potato season will vary based on region, but in general, they’re harvested late October through December. Since Seasonal foods are picked at the peak of freshness and have a higher nutritional content than produce out of season, it’s best to enjoy sweet potatoes in the fall and winter. For your health! Duh!
If you want to take your sweet potato wedges up a notch, top them with this Vegan Garlic Aioli sauce.
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Caramelized Blood Orange Sweet Potato Wedges
- Sauce pan
- parchment paper
- baking sheet
- 5 sweet potatoes sliced into four wedges
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 2 blood oranges juiced (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp arrowroot starch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 heads of garlic unpeeled and halved horizontally
- 10 sprigs of thyme
- preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- add coconut aminos, blood orange juice, salt, and balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan and bring to a boil
- once the liquid boils, bring it to a simmer and add the arrowroot starch, whisking immediately (for 30-60 seconds) so it doesn't clump
- leave at a simmer for approximately 5 minutes until the liquid starts to thicken (this is when I prep the sweet potatoes)
- place the sweet potatoes, thyme, and garlic in a mixing bowl, then pour the thickened liquid over them, tossing to coat.
- spread a piece of parchment paper over a baking sheet, then add the potatoes, garlic, and thyme, pouring any liquid leftover in the bowl on top.
- place in the oven for 45 minutes, rotating the sweet potatoes every 15 minutes to make sure they're nice and caramelized
- Serve hot or room temperature