Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes

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I am not really sure what inspired me to mix sweet potatoes and pineapple together, but boy am I glad I did. When I was in college I would make a big batches of roasted veggies at the beginning of the week and then I would eat them as a snack or with some sort of protein for dinner throughout the rest of the week. It was a delicious and healthy way to keep me on track and made me far less likely to reach for junk food when I was hungry.

Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Usually my roasted veggies include a mix of sweet potatoes, bell pepper, carrots, onion, and whatever else was in my fridge that I could throw in.

This weekend all I had was two lonely sweet potatoes and one very ripe pineapple that was SCREAMING at me to eat it. I love grilled pineapple (especially on a burger -yum!) so I thought, “What the heck!?” and chopped it up to roast with my sweet potato. I also added a shallot as a contrast to the sweetness from the sweet potato and pineapple.

Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

As this was cooking in the oven, the smell that filled my apartment reminded me so much of home. On Jewish holidays my mom makes a delicious noodle kugel with pineapple, so the smell of roasted pineapple this weekend sent me right back to my parents’ kitchen.

Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes - Little Chef Big Appetite

Don’t you love when throw-together dishes end up tasting great? I had to exercise some serious self-control so I didn’t eat the whole batch by myself.

I think this would be delicious served with poultry or fish and the pineapple makes it a perfect dish for summer!

Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Little Chef Big Appetite

Roasted Pineapple and Sweet Potatoes
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sweet potato, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 2 cups pineapple, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 Tablespooon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place the sweet potato, pineapple, and shallot in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey. ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour the olive oil mixture onto the sweet potatoes and pineapple. Mix well until the olive oil thoroughly coats the ingredients in the large bowl.
  3. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes, then stir the mixture. Roast again for an additional 25 minutes or until desired brownness. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
 

12 Comments

  • your brother
    June 24, 2014 - 8:58 am | Permalink

    Apparently, you need to come home more often because there’s a new kugel-maker in town these days…

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 24, 2014 - 9:03 am | Permalink

      Haha! I know your Kugel ROCKS, but I was just making a comparison to Mom’s recipe with pineapple!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks
    June 24, 2014 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Never thought of combining these two together! Genius idea and gorgeous looking dish!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 25, 2014 - 6:39 am | Permalink

      I hadn’t either! Try it out – you’ll love it!

  • Millie l Add A Little
    June 25, 2014 - 12:27 am | Permalink

    Yum! Love this combination Rachel! Will definitely try it out!
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    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 25, 2014 - 6:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks Millie! Let me know how you like it!

  • Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    June 25, 2014 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful colors! I love roasting big batches of vegetables too- I’ll have to try this combination!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 26, 2014 - 7:28 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Sonali! It smells amazing as it roasts in the oven!

  • June 26, 2014 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    Inspired! My husband actually puts fruit cocktail in his holiday sweet potatoes so I know how great pineapple and sweet potato can be together. Time for me to branch out with that flavor combo beyond the holidays. Yum!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      June 26, 2014 - 8:44 am | Permalink

      Maggie, he is a genius! This is definitely a great dish for the holidays!

  • Steve
    October 22, 2014 - 1:43 am | Permalink

    I was lying in bed thinking of what to make and I thought, “pineapple and sweet potatoes would be a great combination”. So I decided to do a web search. I mostly found pureed casserole types but I was looking for something grilled or roasted… and then I saw the picture of your dish and thought, “I think this might be the one!” It looks and sounds delicious, so it gonna be on our plates tonight! Looking forward to it!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      October 23, 2014 - 7:28 am | Permalink

      Steve, I am so glad you found my recipe! Everyone who has tried it seems to love it, so I hope you do too! Let me know!

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