Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, one of the best ways to enjoy potatoes…Hasselback! These Hasselback sweet potatoes are extremely versatile, they can be served with absolutely anything — as a side or as a main on their own.


Cooking Methods

  • Roasting




  • 8 small to medium-sized Sweet Potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Food Lover’s Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freshly-ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (125ml) Parmesan cheese, grated (*or Vegan Parmesan)
  • 2 Tbsp Food Lover's Basil or Hemp & Coriander Seed Pesto (*they are vegan-friendly)


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Grease an oven dish. Using a small sharp knife, cut the sweet potatoes three-quarters of the way through at 3mm intervals.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes in the oven dish,
  4. ensuring there is space between each potato.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and season.
  6. Roast in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes until tender. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and parsley. Roast for a further 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown.


Can you Hasselback other vegetables?

YES! Of course, you can, you can make Hasselback potatoes, turnips, butternuts, and more.

What can I serve with these Hasselback sweet potatoes?

We recommend serving these sweet potatoes with a signature rump steak and a mushroom sauce. A succulent roast chicken, or enjoy them as a main dish with a green chimichurri sauce, or this chickpea filling.

What if I don’t have pesto?

If you do not have pesto, we would highly suggest buying some 😉  or simply use finely chopped herbs, like 2 Tbsp of parsley or coriander.

Food Lover’s Market has different types of Sweet Potatoes, which Sweet Potato do I use?

You can use any sweet potato you love most!

  • Most often, in South Africa, you will find the purple-skinned (white flesh) sweet potatoes, these are Beauregard sweet potatoes. There are different varietals such as Blesbok, Bosbok and Ribbok.
  •  In season, you will find Orange Sweet potatoes (orange skin and flesh), a varietal in South African would be Impilo and Bophelo. 
  • You may also find white skin and fleshed sweet potatoes, these varietals are Ndou & Monate.


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