Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Maple Syrup
Sweet potatoes are so tasty just by themselves. It’s a shame that for Thanksgiving dinner we’ve gotten used to smothering them in a pound of sugar and a bag of melted marshmallows, masking any taste of the main ingredient! Here’s an alternative recipe and one that I love to serve for the big dinner. The lime and cayenne pepper give a subtle kick and the roasting process really brings out the delicious taste of the actual sweet potatoes.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Lime and Maple Syrup
Makes about 12 side dish servings
6 pounds sweet potatoes (yams work nicely as well)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup maple syrup
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease a 9X13 baking dish.
Peel sweet potatoes and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt the butter. Then add the maple syrup, lime juice, lime zest, cayenne pepper, sea salt and pepper. Mix to combine and remove from heat.
Pour melted butter mixture over sweet potato cubes and toss until everything is well coated.
Pour sweet potatoes into baking dish and bake, uncovered for about 1 1/2 hours- 2 hours until potatoes are fully cooked (soft and tender throughout) and sauce has thickened up a bit. Stir potatoes a few times in between baking for even cooking.
Remove from oven and serve hot.
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