Thanksgiving Sides: Vanilla Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Would it really be Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes? This tasty (and super simple) recipe from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen combines sweet potato with the aromatic flavor of vanilla and the subtle spice of red chile. 

PREP TIME: 15 minutes / COOK TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes



  • 2 lb. sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red chile, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss potatoes, oil, chili and ½ teaspoon salt.
  3. Cut vanilla bean lengthwise in half and scrape seeds into potatoes. Toss.
  4. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet and roast until potatoes are tender 25-30 minutes.

Adding two unique flavors to sweet potato is a great way to share a refined side dish that only takes a few minutes to prep. This one is sure to become a Thanksgiving staple.