By: Chef Allysa Adamson

Crispy Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Pepita Pesto

Potatoes are a common and versatile starch that pairs well with many dishes. The Wolf Convection Steam Oven is an optimal source for a perfectly cooked, crispy side of potatoes. Along with their pleasant taste, sweet potatoes are highly nutritious and offer a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. As in their name, they also offer delightful flavor, because we all know healthy does not mean tasteless!

This recipe is an example of an easy way to prepare a side of sweet potatoes. With the professional performance of the Wolf Convection Steam Oven, all you need is some light seasoning to create immense flavor.

To elevate your meal to a luxurious new level, adorn your dish with a pepita pesto. Pepita is a fancy word for pumpkin seeds. The nutty pepitas and fresh cilantro create a bundle of flavors to compete with traditional basil pesto. This is a great recipe to keep within reach on your kitchen shelves or stored in the back of your mind for when you need a quick carb to facilitate a main dish. Add a protein to make this dish an entrée or simply whip up the potatoes and pesto as a light mid-day snack.

Serves 4-6


For Sweet potatoes

2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 medium), washed

1/3 cup olive oil

Kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper

For Pesto and Serving

2 cups packed cilantro

1 lemon, zest and juice

1 lime, zest and juice

¼ cup toasted pepitas 

¼ cup cotija cheese

1 clove garlic, grated

1/3 cup olive oil

Kosher salt

Lime wedges (for serving)


For Sweet Potatoes

1. Place sweet potatoes in a convection steam oven (CSO), select mode Steam at 210 degrees for  35-40 minutes until just tender (alternatively, use a steamer basket or roast whole in the oven at 350 degrees until just tender). Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

2. Once cool enough to handle, tear sweet potatoes into large chunks and place them on a sheet pan. Drizzle with 1/3 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper, toss gently to coat.

3. Roast sweet potatoes for 20-30 minutes until browned and crispy.

For Pesto and Serving

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning.

2. Spread pesto onto a large plate and top with sweet potatoes. Serve with lime wedges alongside.