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rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes

Did I ever tell you about the time my mouth tasted like nothing but cloves for 48hrs?  Yes, the spice.  The very potent spice.  I couldn’t have already told you because it just happened last Wednesday.  At the dentist.  Are you totally confused??  So was I!

I’m sitting there, in there chair, when all of a sudden my mouth has a burning feeling.  Like a cinnamon-hot burning.  And then my taste buds were overtaken with the intense flavor of clove. 

Let me back up a minute.

My 6 year old molars are horrible.  Apparently, this is most likely due to a high fever-or something of the sort-when I was a baby.  These teeth house my only cavities.  Lots of them.  Also, one crown and now another.

So, I’m in the office and they’re fitting me with the temporary crown.  I’m watching Kelly + Michael interview Stephen Colbert when the crazy clove taste hits me.  I confusingly ask the dental hygienist why my mouth was burning and if I was crazy, or if there was clove in my mouth!?  I’m not sure if it was an ointment or an ingredient in the temporary cement, but she said it is applied to help soothe the area.  Thankfully, I wasn’t going crazy but you can imagine my initial confusion.  I was actually pretty excited that they were using a spice to help with the pain and inflammation.

But then, for the next 48hrs I tasted nothing but clove.  It was the weirdest thing ever.  Especially during the week of making spiced doughnuts [ie: molasses, gingerbread, pumpkin, etc.].  Everything tasted over-spiced!  Thankfully, I have some fabulous doughnut taste testers in the area who helped me with my situation.

Edited to add: I should mention that we love our dentist and highly recommend him.  If you’re looking in the Ft. Collins area let me know.

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

Now, how about a recipe that has nothing to do with clove?

rosemary + garlic roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes | edible perspective

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Rosemary + Garlic Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

I make broccoli and sweet potatoes all of the time.  However, my typical preparation of steaming and eating them with salt, pepper, and butter can become a bit mundane.  This is a nice way to switch things up.  I found the most amazing robust rosemary at the market this weekend and just had to get cooking with it.  Don’t be surprised if you see another recipe or two utilizing this herb.  It’s one of my favorites!

  • 1 large yam/sweet potato, cubed [about 4 cups]
  • 2 large heads of broccoli, chopped [about 6 cups]
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • parmesan cheese to top [or toasted, slivered almonds for a vegan option]
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350* and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the cubed yam or sweet potato on the pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, rosemary, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.  [I used 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic for a strong, garlic flavor].
  3. Toss to coat and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir, then add the broccoli and the additional tablespoon of oil and stir again.
  5. Roast for another 20-25min until the tender and browned.
  6. Top with more salt and pepper if desired and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Also edited to add: I of course ate this with 3 sunny side up eggs on top.  It’s also delicious with mushrooms + spinach in the mix, which I added the second time I ate it.  I recommend re-heating in a pan on the stovetop.



Reader Comments (21)

Beautiful pictures (as always!)!!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @FoodSnobSTL
I hope your teeth are feeling better, though. Ugh, I hate the dentist....

I always roast sweet potatoes with rosemary! My mom used to make it that way for Thanksgiving, so I do, too! I also pair it with wild rice and serve it over a bed of spinach.
that is so bizarre about the cloves - i would go insane!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather @ Heather's Dish
Yes, please! Love me some sweet potatoes this time of the year.

And wahoo to dentists using all natural soothing methods. I want to come to Ft. Collins just for your guy.
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae
That is crazy about the cloves! I'd probably be shocked and asking the same question!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeva by definition
Clove for 48 hours? You must have gone crazy! Your photos are gorgeous, especially the light on the pan of sweet potatoes. I wish there was a reliable way to fake natural light, since all of my cooking these days seems to happen after 8pm.
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
How interesting! I've never thought of putting broccoli and sweet potato together, and I rarely use rosemary to season anything other than meat. This sounds so good though, I may just have to steal some rosemary from my parents' house next time I'm there :)
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
I really, really wish I could learn to love rosemary but all I can taste when I eat it is pine needles! It's truly the only spice I can't stand. But you make it look quite appealing in your pictures so I'll just pretend :)
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Tengwall
This is my favorite kind of meal in the world.

And one time everything I ate was really bitter. For 2 days. Even water. It was bizarro. Cloves sound much better.
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
our rosemary plant is still growing so i'm excited to see how else you use it! love the stuff and definitely trying this!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternatalie
I thought clove oil was a medieval toothache remedy! Super interesting to hear it's still around now. That roasted veg platter looks so good!
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
Oh gosh, I had dry socket, which is a horrible tooth thing that you should just hope you never get. Anyways I had to go to the dentist every single morning before work for TWO weeks, where they packed my gums with gauze soaked in that clove crap. So I tasted cloves for two weeks and now the thought of cloves appalls me. Blech!
@Ali - Okay, that sounds terrible. I could not stand that taste for TWO WEEKS!!! Glad to hear someone else's dentist uses that stuff though. ;)
October 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Love rosemary and sweet potatoes! I always sprinkle it on my sweet potato fries with sea salt. The best flavor.
October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara @ sarasmiles
Lol. the clove incident was funny. Actually its true. So many instances present themselves in life where the smell reminds you of of the flavour or smell of certain foods. One performer friend of mine always used to say that the smell of the fog machines on stage always used to remind him of lemonade! I stumbled upon your blog during one of my post-breakfast blog-surfing rituals. Was nice reading your posts and seeing those wonderfully shot photographs! You are a talented product photographer too and I am sure you are using one of those expensive SLR's with those long telephoto and zoom lenses!
October 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSunita Banerji
Lovely pictures you have there. This looks like something that my daughter would love. She's 21 months and loves garlic and broccoli. Thanks for sharing!
October 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa
Gorgeousness...color...ROSEMARY (huge fan as well!!)....and paleo to boot...So bookmarking this and thank you for sharing!
October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
Great site and recipe! Congrats on being on the Top 9! SPs and broc are two of my faves and I am soooo excited to combine them now! Just have to give CPR to my rosemary plant :) I don't think it liked the Tennessee summer!!
October 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Food Hound
So, I had a bunch of rosemary gifted to me by someone at work ... and my CSA this week included a gorgeous, albeit kinda alien looking romanesco and some sweet potatoes. I gave this a try. Oh em gee ... the yum!
October 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergirl friday
I love this time of year precisely because the brisk weather is a good excuse to roast EVERYTHING. I love roasting both broccoli and sweet potatoes but I haven't done them together, shortly that will be remedied. Love that gorgeous rosemary too!
December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Mouse
@Miss Mouse - I absolutely LOVE rosemary and roasting. :) We've had a mild winter but it's definitely brisk today. Hope you enjoy this!
December 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley

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