Spicy maple pecan roast sweet potatoes

October 12 2014
by emma

I’m not quite ready to give up sweet potato even though it’s already hot here and turning the oven on is a bit of an effort.

This is a side dish but to be honest, I had a bowl of these for lunch on their own; sweet, caramelised, spicy and with a gorgeous, fragrant crunch from toasted pecans, it was a sort of decadent, dessert-like treat in a way, however is really quite healthy.  This is one of those dishes which is great for Christmas or holiday events; I made a similar dish a few years back as a side for Christmas Day roast chicken and it was really appreciated.

maple roast sweet potato



600g sweet potato, peeled and diced into 2-3cm pieces
Grapeseed oil
Pinch chilli flakes
3/4 tspn ground cumin
1/2 tspn ground ginger
Freshly ground sea salt & black pepper

40g pecan halves

Maple dressing:
30mls maple syrup
15mls extra virgin olive oil
5mls balsamic vinegar
Half a medium orange, finely zested
1/2 tspn Dijon mustard

Preheat oven to 200C.  Place baking paper onto flat baking tray.

Scatter over sweet potato and drizzle over 30mls of oil then dust over spices and seasoning.  Use your hands to rub into the sweet potato well then evenly space out on the tray, leaving an empty space for the pecan nuts which will go on at the end.

Roast for around 25 minutes, then turn sweet potato pieces over and rotate tray then continue roasting for another 10 minutes, or until sweet potato is caramelised.  Remove tray from the oven and place pecan nuts in the space left in one layer.  Place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until nuts are fragrant but not browned.

Meanwhile, whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl until combined.  Chop the nuts coarsely.  Drizzle maple syrup/oil mixture over hot sweet potato then scatter over chopped pecan nuts.

Serve straight away.

Serves: 4 sides

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Oh Emma! I have two sweet potatoes sitting in my fridge that I was trying to find the inspiration to make into something other than just plain baked sweet potato. And now here you are to the rescue! I can see this as lunch next week! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Emma, I had to smile about not wanting to turn the oven on in the ‘heat’…unfortunately, we have heat 6 months out of the year in S. Florida…we are finally getting some much needed somewhat cooler temperatures, and we sure need to use our ovens even in the heat. Love, love these beautiful maple glazed roasted sweet potatoes, absolutely gorgeous photography, as well!

  3. Oh my. This looks delicious! I have some leftover sweet potatoes in the bakery that I just might have to use up giving this a go… 🙂

  4. Mmmm this looks and sounds sooo good! My kitchen was overflowing two weeks ago when I got SIX sweet potatoes in my CSA but I just yesterday cooked the last one — bummer! I’ll be saving this recipe for the next time a sweet potato comes my way though =)

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