Whole-Roasted Sweet Potato with Sunflower Gremolata and Lemony Sour Cream


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Prep time 15mins
Cook time 1hr
Serves or Makes: 4

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For the Roasted Sweet Potatoes:


  • 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

For the Sunflower Gremolata:


  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 teaspon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, grated

For the Lemony Sour Cream:


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving:


  • Flaky sea salt
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Step 1

    Roast the sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Step 2

    Place the sweet potatoes in a baking dish. Rub each potato with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt. Roast until the skin is crispy and beginning to caramelize, 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want the sugars to start seeping out and caramelizing.

  • Step 3

    Make the Sunflower Gremolata: Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry pan over low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes, then roughly chop them.

  • Step 4

    In a medium bowl, toss together the sunflower seeds, basil, olive oil, lemon zest, kosher salt, and garlic. Adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt, if desired.

  • Step 5

    Make the Lemony Sour Cream: In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, lemon juice, and kosher salt.

  • Step 6

    To serve: Split each sweet potato down the middle and fill each half with 2 tablespoons of the Lemony Sour Cream and 2 tablespoons of the Gremolata. Finish with a sprinkle of the sea salt and garnish with the small basil leaves. *note: go with the smallest sweet potatoes you can find - they're sweeter and easier to cook evenly.