There's everything to like and nothing not to like about sweet potatoes. Full of beta carotene, vitamins B, C, D, potassium and a delicious creamy, earthy flavor - I cook with them almost every single day. One of my favorite go-to side dishs (or mains, sometimes) especially when I am having a dinner party is roasted sweet potatoes. I usually roast them with coconut oil, but I went the more traditional route and used extra-virgin olive oil. Though they are delicious when roasted with cinnamon and eaten more on the sweet side, I used one of my favorite blends of spices: za'atar. Za'atar is an incredible and aromatic blend of spices that is used on meats, vegetables and flat breads in the Middle East. Israel, Syria and Lebanon each use this beautiful tangy spice blend in their traditional cooking, and one of the great things about it is that it is so easy to make at home. There are a few different recipes for making za'atar, and I will share with you my favorite one.
5 sweet potatoes, sliced in quarter
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp sea salt
3 tbsp za'atar spice blend
Preheat the oven to 450F. Coat the sweet potatoes in olive oil, and drizzle with sea salt and the za'atar spices. Roast for about 20 minutes.
Za'atar Spice Blend:
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tbsp sumac
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground thyme
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Mix all the spices together. Store in a closed container for about 2 weeks.