Imagine if you will, traveling 4 hours to stay the weekend with 2 people (and a dog) you had never met. This is exactly how my first time went meeting Alex and Sonja from A Couple Cooks in early 2012. Back when I lived in Illinois, it was only a four hour drive over to Indy. We had been online friends for a bit but I knew they were something special (and it was SO true). Many years and a couple kids later, I still feel lucky to call them my friends and these awesome friends just published an amazing cookbook dedicated to simple vegetarian recipes: Pretty Simple Cooking.
These spiced sweet potato wedges are part of their side dish section but if you’re me, you eat them for breakfast and possibly lunch. I love the warmth of the allspice and the simplicity of the chives + sour cream makes this dish easy. Best of all, that’s pretty much the entire book (they don’t call it pretty simple just for fun!) If you’re looking for a bit of variation in your vegetarian cooking, I highly recommend picking up a copy of their book!
Sweet Potato Wedges from A Couple Cooks’ Pretty Simple Cooking.
For the Potatoes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 pounds small to medium sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin oil oil
For the Chive Cream
1 small handful chives
1 cup sour cream or crème fraîche
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 450˚F.
- Roast the potatoes: in a small bowl, mix the garlic powder, oregano, allspice, and kosher salt.
- Wash the sweet potatoes, keeping the skins on. Slice each potato in half crosswise and then half again lengthwise. Place each piece cut-side down and slice it into 3 wedges, for a total of 12 wedges per potato. In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the spice mix and olive oil.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and spread the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes, until tender and starting to become crisp and browned (no need to stir).
- Make the chive cream: thinly slice the chives and mix them with the sour cream and kosher salt. Taste and add additional salt if desired.
- Serve the wedges warm from the oven, along with the chive cream.
Tips + Tricks: They recommend using cashew cream for keeping this vegan (in place of the sour cream). I also only had yogurt on hand and used it strained in place of the sour cream.
Link: Excerpted from A Couple Cooks | Pretty Simple Cooking: 100 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes to Make You Fall in Love with Real Food by Sonja Overhiser and Alex Overhiser. Copyright © 2018. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Sonja and Alex break their book into many different sections to help you get the most from simple cooking. It starts with Brunch/Breakfast then moves into starters/snacks, salads, vegetables, baked, items from scratch, mains (for different occasions), and sweets. There is something for everyone! To get a feel for the book, a few more recipes other sites have shared: