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Recipe courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 52 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

2/3 cup roughly chopped pecans

3 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into large dice

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F and arrange rack in the middle.
  2. While oven heats, place pecans on a baking sheet to toast until they smell nutty and are slightly darker, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to coat. Roast until golden brown and tender when pierced with a knife, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it foams, stir in maple syrup and cayenne and let cook briefly, about 1 minute. Serve sweet potatoes with a drizzle of maple butter and a scattering of pecans.

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