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.


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (1 ½ to 2 pounds), scrubbed well

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter

  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • Small sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish


  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. 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. 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 hot, garnished with thyme.

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