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We can't have enough sweet potatoes! From the sweet potato casserole to the twice-baked sweet potatoes, they are always on our table. This recipe for roasted sweet potatoes takes just a few minutes to prepare, but the end result tastes like anything but normal.
When the colder months come, I love sweet potatoes. They are healthy, affordable, and readily available. These roasted maple sweet potatoes contain only a handful of ingredients but taste great.
How are roasted sweet potatoes made?
The first step is to peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces of uniform size. If you prefer, you can leave the skins on your sweet potatoes. It seems to me that sweet potato peels are sometimes hard, so I always remove them before cooking. Sweet potatoes are blended with a mixture of butter, cinnamon, maple syrup, and salt, then roasted to perfection.
Tips for the Perfect Potatoes
- I look for long, thin sweet potatoes because I find that they are easier to cut into pieces of similar size.
- Don't forget to stir the sweet potatoes halfway through the cooking time so that they cook evenly and don't burn.
- While I normally make this recipe with orange sweet potatoes, yellow sweet potatoes will work, too. This technique can also be used to roast carrots, squash, and squash.
What is the difference between sweet potatoes and sweet potatoes?
True yams are grown in Asia and Africa and they look very different from what we are used to seeing labeled as yams here in the United States. You often see bright orange tubers like the ones shown here called yams, but in fact they are just another variety of sweet potato. In America, you will actually see sweet potatoes of different shapes, sizes, and colors at the grocery store, but not true yams.
At what temperature do you cook sweet potatoes?
For this recipe, you'll want to keep the heat relatively low because you don't want the sugars to burn in the maple syrup. Vegetables are often roasted over high heat, but these sweet potatoes are roasted at 375 degrees to caramelize slightly but not blacken.
Roasted sweet potato variations
- Garlic and Herb Sweet Potatoes: Mix diced sweet potatoes with minced garlic with olive oil and a variety of herbs.
- Bacon Sweet Potatoes: Place the chopped raw bacon in the pan with your potatoes and cut the butter in half. Roast until the bacon is crispy.
- Honey Sweet Potatoes: Substitute honey maple syrup for this recipe.
- Sweet Potatoes: Follow the recipe as directed and garnish with chopped candied walnuts.
Don't you have sweet potatoes on hand? This recipe also works great with carrots or butternut squash.
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These roasted sweet potatoes are great along with fish, chicken, beef, or pork. They also pair perfectly with ham or roast turkey for a fabulous Christmas meal. Give them a try and see how the great reviews arrive!
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- Zucchini gratin
- Roasted carrots with honey
- Mushrooms with garlic butter
- Bacon Brussels Sprouts
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter
These easy-to-roast sweet potatoes are blended with cinnamon and maple butter and cooked until caramelized and tender. A simple but satisfying accompaniment that's perfect for a casual dinner, but elegant enough for a Christmas meal!
Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Calories: 209kcal
- 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a skillet with cooking spray.
- Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
- Put the sweet potatoes in a single layer in the pan, then pour the maple butter mixture over the top.
- Use a spoon or your hands to toss the sweet potatoes in the butter to evenly coat them.
- Bake for 35 minutes, stirring once halfway through the baking time. Serve immediately.
Calories :: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 298 mg | Potassium: 667 mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 27165 IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 1.2mg
This post originally came out on September 30, 2018 and was updated on September 25, 2019 with new content.
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes Butter