Roasted Sweet Potatoes
on Oct 01, 2022, Updated Oct 05, 2023
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These four-ingredient roasted maple 🍁 sweet potatoes 🍠 will be your new favorite side dish. This is what I call nature’s “candy” because they taste sweet, caramelized, and are roasted to perfection. It’s safe to say, this will be your new go-to recipe. These sweet potatoes are perfect as a side dish for the fall and for your Thanksgiving 🦃 table. This recipe is not only easy, but it also happens to be only four ingredients that you probably have on hand.
Why You’ll Love Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These Roasted Maple Sweet Potatoes are a must-try. This recipe showcases sweet, caramelized sweet potatoes that are perfect for the fall season and Thanksgiving which bring warmth and flavor to your table. What makes them even more appealing is their simplicity – with just four common ingredients and a little oven time, you can whip up this side dish in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner, these sweet potatoes are the perfect addition to any meal, offering a a mix of flavors that everyone will adore.
How to Prepare Roasted Sweet Potatoes
🥔Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). After washing and peeling the sweet potatoes, cut them into equal cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
🧂On the baking sheet, season the sweet potato cubes with a pinch of salt, drizzle generously with olive oil and maple syrup. You could also consider including a sprig of thyme or rosemary. Toss the ingredients together to ensure an even coating.
⏲️Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 35-45 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender and beautifully caramelized. Keep an eye on them, as roasting times can vary.
🌿Once done, transfer the roasted sweet potatoes to a serving dish. Optionally, garnish with a bit of fresh herbs for aroma.
The bake time will depend on the oven so keep an eye on them.
Substitutions and Variations
Get ready to transform sweet potatoes into a comforting side dish with my Roasted Maple Sweet Potatoes recipe. It’s easy, versatile, and perfect for fall and Thanksgiving. Here are some ways you can make this dish your own. And let me know in the comments if you try something else!
- Sweeteners: If you don’t have maple syrup on hand, you can substitute it with honey 🐝 or brown sugar for a different flavor profile.
- Herbs: While thyme and rosemary add lovely herbal notes, you can experiment with other herbs like sage or oregano.
- Spices: Enhance the seasoning with spices 🔥like paprika, cayenne pepper, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for a more complex taste.
- Nuts and Seeds: Add a crunch by tossing in some chopped pecans 🌰, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds before roasting.
- Cheese Topping: During the last few minutes of roasting, sprinkle some grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese over the sweet potatoes for a cheesy, gooey finish.
- Potato Types: While sweet potatoes work beautifully, you can also try this recipe with regular potatoes, butternut squash, or even carrots.
Other Holiday Recipes
- Juicy Turkey
- Mac and Cheese
- Sweet Potato Donuts
- Pumpkin Pie
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cranberry Sauce
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Squash
- Turkey Noodle Soup
- Butternut Squash Pasta
- Baked Apples
- Green Beans
- Whole Roasted Sweet Potato
What type of salt do you use?
I use Redmond Real Salt, please note that depending on the salt you use, your dish may be more or less salty. Salt is to taste, so always taste and adjust as you cook.
Be sure to check on them since the cooking time will depend on your oven as well as how you cut the potatoes.
You can cut them into cubes by cutting the sweet potato in half, those halves in half, and then into cubes. You can also cut the sweet potato into circles or any other shape you’d like. The most important part is that they are uniform in shape and size so that they cook evenly.
This recipe also works perfectly with Delicata squash, butternut squash, or any other squash or pumpkin you enjoy.
I recommend these be made the same day, as they are best served fresh and warm. You can make them the night before and reheat them the following day, but they will never be AS good as the first day.
They should be tender on the inside and have a beautiful caramelized exterior. The total roasting time may vary based on your oven, so check with a fork for doneness.
Absolutely! You can use melted butter, coconut oil, or a flavored oil like garlic-infused olive oil for added flavor instead.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 2 peeled and cubed sweet potatoes, make sure the cubes are more or less the same size
- drizzle extra virgin olive oil
- pinch salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- sprig thyme or rosemary , optional
- Preheat the oven to 425F. Wash, peel, and cube the sweet potatoes. I used two medium sweet potatoes but you can use as much as you like. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Season with salt, add the olive oil, maple syrup, and optionally thyme or rosemary. Both of these herbs will work beautifully in this recipe.
- Massage everything with your hands and bake for 35-45 minutes depending on the oven. The timing will depend on the type of oven you have, mine is much weaker and older and it does take a bit longer so be sure to check on them often.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.