Can I tell you a secret? As a warning, you may think I'm strange after I tell you. People usually don't get it when I tell them. What is usual is that I get weird stares and people try to convince me otherwise. Apparently, this secret makes me quite the strange specimen. Ok, enough build up, let's just get it off my chest.
I'm not a fan of Halloween.
I will pause for gasping, disbelieving stares and that weird laugh that some people do when they don't understand things. It's cool, I get it a lot.
So instead of wondering how low cut my nurse's outfit needs to be next Wednesday, I am taking the less popular route and treating the last week of October as it should be treated: as a preparation of all things fall. The air is crisp, apple cider is every where, squash, sweet potatoes and apples are cheap and plentiful. This is Thanksgiving season, bread baking season, cinnamon rolls for every Sunday morning breakfast season. And these roasted sweet potatoes and pears are a good way to start the preparation. There are only 25 days until the greatest holiday ever...
Roasted Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Pears
From Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods says this will serve 6-8. As part of a much bigger meal, it probably would. Ben and I took down a batch between dinner one night and the resulting leftover lunches the next day. I served them with the spiced honey glazed chicken thighs. A good weeknight dinner with good leftovers.
1/4 c. sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves
2 pears, Bosc (or d'Anjou)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut sweet potatoes into equal 1 inch sized chunks and put in large bowl. In smaller bowl, whisk together the vinegar and all spices. Pour vinegar mixture over potatoes and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer potatoes to prepared baking sheet, reserving the remaining vinegar mixture to use with the pears. Move baking sheet to oven and roast potatoes 30 minutes, tossing a few times.
While potatoes are roasting, core pears and cut into 1 inch chunks similar in size to the potatoes. Toss with remaining vinegar and spice mixture. Add to sweet potatoes and continue to roast 20-25 minutes until both are fork tender and pears have become golden.