To me, Thanksgiving is all about the sides, and the holiday wouldn’t be complete without my maple roasted sweet potatoes!
If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to spruce up sweet potatoes, this is it.
This is also a vegan recipe and is definitely a keeper. I’ve made this for 3 Thanksgivings (and 3 Christmases) already.
The first time I made this, it reminded me of that infamous “marshmallow sweet potatoes.” But you definitely don’t need marshmallows and excess sugar to make sweet potatoes special.
With just get a touch of maple syrup, the sweet potatoes get this nice caramelized crust and sweet soft interior after roasting. Then the walnuts add a nice crunch. I also use coconut oil, which not only tastes great with sweet potatoes, but also pairs well with the warm spices in this.
And the smell! No other Thanksgiving side can beat the smell of roasting sweet potatoes.
So below is what I had for Friendsgiving, aka testing healthy and delicious Thanksgiving recipes. 😉 You’ll spot the roasted yams and other dishes: roasted tofu (instead of turkey), balsamic glazed brussels sprouts, steamed pumpkin buns. All of the dishes below happen to be vegan! :O I’m not a vegan but I believe in eating a plant-based diet. So I think it’s wonderful to have a delicious, satisfying Thanksgiving meal and have everything be vegan.
Anyways, stay tuned for the rest of the recipes! For now, here’s the sweet potato recipe.
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts
3 – 4 servings. Feel free to double this recipe for large crowds!
3 – 4 large (~.75 lbs) sweet potatoes (jewel yams)
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
2-3 tsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp sichuan peppercorn
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
generous handful of walnuts
Use the orange-flesh sweet potatoes for this recipe. There’s basically two kinds of orange sweet potatoes: garnet and jewel. I’ve tried both. Garnet sweet potatoes (aka garnet yams) are not as soft and sweet. I like both, but for this roasted sweet potato recipe, I like using jewel yams.
If you’re using raw walnuts, add them to the sweet potatoes half-way. But I used already roasted walnuts, so I just add them when the sweet potatoes are done.
If you’re doubling the recipe, you can use a 9 x 13 pan.
What is one Thanksgiving dish that you got to have?