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Maple-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

This supremely simple dish is rich with the flavor of maple. Although it requires last-minute preparation, the recipe is easy enough to tackle no matter how many items are on your holiday menu.

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), scrubbed well
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Small sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and slice each half crosswise into 1-inch-thick half-moons.

  2. Step 2

    Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat evenly. Add maple syrup; toss potatoes to coat, and bring to a boil.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer skillet to oven; cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are golden, well glazed, and tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm, garnished with thyme.

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Reviews (2)

  • 23 Dec, 2013

    I had to look this recipe up again a year later as I got requests for it from our Christmas guests--they remembered it from last Christmas!

  • 22 Nov, 2012

    I thought this would be a sugar-bomb with the maple syrup, but combined with the butter makes it so delicious as you get a slight caramelization. I used yams and also made a vegan version using earth balance instead of butter. The thyme sprinkled on top adds some contrasting color for a pretty presentation.