These Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes are simple to prepare in advance, are family friendly, and taste like the perfect blend of smoky, salty, savory and sweet.
I was talking to a busy mom the other day – but really, have you met a mom OR dad who isn’t busy? – who wanted a new dinnertime idea, so I suggested she give these Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes a try.
Our kids refer to these as candy. I think that’s a compliment if you can pull off a vegetable as candy, don’t you?
What I don’t tell my kids is that I cook these because sweet potatoes benefits include a bunch of vitamins and stuff. More about that here if you’re interested in all the details. I just know that in general, sweet potatoes are good for us, so I keep cooking them and people keep eating them.
Start with your basic, run of the mill sweet potato. I only put two sweet potatoes in the photo but if you’re a fact checker like my mom, you’ll see the recipe calls for three.
Just keeping you on your toes because 1) I goofed and didn’t realize it until these sweet potatoes were already peeled, 2) I wasn’t about to run to the store to buy new sweet potatoes for a photo opportunity and 3) this isn’t rocket science, it’s dinner. Sooooo…..
How to Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
First, preheat your oven. While that’s getting nice and toasty, wash and peel the sweet potatoes and cut into one-inch pieces. I like to cut mine on an angle because there’s more surface area (and squares) than “roundy” pieces in the final product. That’s just me though.
Then dice the sweet potatoes and toss them into a medium to large sized bowl. Keep your bowl handy because you’re going to need it again, and I’m all for washing as few dishes as possible.
By the way, does anyone else think the photo below looks like colby jack cheese??? I’m a cheese lover so that’s not really a bad thing.
Anyhow, just wondered what you thought it looked like but cheese is not on the menu today so we’ll keep moving along.
Drizzle the diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, then toss with BBQ seasoning. This is the BBQ seasoning I had on hand – it doesn’t have any salt in it. We’ll add that later. Please note this is different than seasoning salt (like a Lawry’s or something). Spread onto a large sheet pan, taking care not to crowd the pan. You can line the pan with foil if you like an easier clean up.
Place in the oven, cook for 20 minutes, then remove the sweet potatoes and add them back to your bowl. Add your maple syrup and toss.
I’m not a food snob, but I’m telling you to use the real maple syrup, not the fake imitation kind. Even Aldi has a good maple syrup these days. It will taste waaaayyy better, I promise.
Spread back onto the sheet pan, sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt and put them back in the oven for just 3 minutes or so. Remove, let cook slightly, and I hope you enjoy these maple roasted sweet potatoes!
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Made with love,
Deanne – 3 sweet potatoes
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 2 T. olive oil
- 2 tsp BBQ seasoning
- 2 T. pure maple syrup
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and dice sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
- Add cubed sweet potatoes to a medium/large bowl and drizzle with 2 T. olive oil, toss to coat. Add 2 tsp. BBQ seasoning and toss to coat again. (keep bowl out for another step)
- Spread seasoned sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet, taking care not to crowd the pan. Cook for 20 minutes or until just tender.
- Remove from pan, add potatoes to your bowl, add 2 T. pure maple syrup, toss to coat. Return to pan, sprinkle lightly with a pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 more minutes.