Sweet Potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor and are packed with nutrition. In this recipe, a honey glaze caramelizes and coats the sweet potatoes as they roast in the oven. This is an easy recipe that offers an alternative to the traditional marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole that is a mainstay on many holiday tables. I personally have never been a fan of the marshmallow version--it's way to sweet for my taste. The honey in this recipe adds subtle sweetness while elevating the natural flavor of the sweet potatoes. Fresh thyme, a squeeze of orange juice, olive oil, and black pepper balance out the honey. It's a winning combo!
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 2. Strip the leaves off of fresh thyme stems until they measure 1 tablespoon.
Step 3. Squeeze a tablespoon of orange juice.
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Step 4. Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut into 1" slices. Then cut each slice into 1" cubes.
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Step 5. Whisk together the olive oil, honey, orange juice, thyme, salt and pepper.
Step 6. Spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer on a large, sprayed baking sheet (mine is a 13x18 half-sheet pan), spreading them out so they touch as little as possible. Drizzle with the honey mixture. Use tongs to toss and coat the sweet potatoes in the honey glaze.
Step 7. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring after each 15-minute interval. When they are done, you should be able to easily pierce the potatoes with a fork. Out of the oven, let them cool for 10 minutes and toss them again with tongs to thoroughly coat them with the glaze. (The remaining honey glaze in the pan will thicken as it cools, so it will cling more easily to the potatoes after cooling for a few minutes.)
Done! So easy and tasty. You can serve these warm or at room temperature. They make a great side for any meal and are especially perfect for Thanksgiving.
You might also like my Autumn Salad that mixes roasted sweet potatoes with apples, cranberries, candied pecans, and greens. So good!
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Here are additional autumn holiday recipes that may interest you: