The Taste of Home - Sweet Potatoes!

The leaves are starting to turn colors, the garden is almost finished bearing produce, and the air is getting crisp and cool. Every year about this time my mom comes to Nashville and brings a bag of sweet potatoes with her from Atlanta. She knows how much I enjoy them and says it's worth the hour she has to wait in line while the grower separates the fresh harvest and grades them by size and condition.

I feel like Bubba in the Forrest Gump movie when I think of all the ways I can prepare them. There's sweet potato pie, baked sweet taters with cinnamon and honey, sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and spices topped off with marshmallows, fried sweet potatoes, and my personal favorite sweet potatoes with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic. My daughter introduced me to the latter delight, but I have no idea where she found a recipe. If she takes after me in regards to her cooking, she probably made it up from trial and error since we both dislike following directions. I'll share with you the approximate amounts, which of course vary from one time to the next depending upon availability of ingredients I have in the pantry or garden.

3-4 large-sized raw sweet potatoes, washed, scrapped, and sliced thin or diced into small cubes

2-3 sprigs of rosemary about 6-8 inches long (we grow our own), washed, remove stems and use only the leaves.

1/4 cup of olive oil

2-3 cloves of fresh garlic chopped fine

salt and pepper to taste

Toss everything into a glass, oven-safe dish such as Pyrex or Corningware. Bake at 350 degrees until the potatoes are tender (about 30 minutes). This will serve about four to six people and will probably become one of your favorite fall recipes.

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