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Get ready for Melting sweet potatoes! That’s right – sweet potatoes that literally melt and dissolve in your mouth! What makes them so melty? It’s the butter and maple syrup mixed with the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes that comes out when roasted. They’re soft, caramelized and candy-like – perfect for Thanksgiving!
For a change in your usual sweet potato side dish, try these melting sweet potatoes. Because they slowly roast and get bubbly in the oven, they are simply irresistible!
Ingredients & substitutions
- Sweet potatoes: Slice the sweet potatoes into rounds about 1 inch in thickness. There’s no need to peel them.
- Butter: The sweet potato slices are tossed in melted butter to be roasted. Butter adds a delicious richness, but any oil can be used.
- Seasonings: Cinnamon and salt. Nutmeg also works well.
- Broth: Add broth to the pan during roasting so that the sweet potatoes don’t dry out. Try to use low sodium vegetable broth so the potatoes don’t come out salty, but you can also use chicken broth.
- Maple syrup: This adds an earthy natural sweetness to the potatoes and makes them caramelized as they cook.
- Pecans: Finish the dish with chopped pecans for a crunchy texture. Walnuts could also be used.
how to make melting sweet potatoes
- Cut the sweet potatoes into rounds and place on a lined baking sheet.
- Toss in the melted butter and seasonings and bake.
- Halfway through cooking, flip over and add the maple syrup and broth.
- Finish cooking until the sweet potatoes are literally melting and fork tender.
Tips to for roasting sweet potatoes
- Cut the sweet potatoes into even thickness. Each round should be around an inch thick, make them as even as you can so that they cook through at the same time.
- Crank up that oven. Definitely make sure it’s preheated, but more importantly, make sure to roast them at the suggested 450°F because we want to blast them with enough heat to get them roasted and caramelized.
- Use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. This will make the sweet potatoes easy to remove once they are cooked. If you don’t, you will need to remove them from the pan as soon as they come out of the oven so they don’t stick as the maple syrup cools and hardens.
- Make them vegan. These melting potatoes are vegetarian, but you can make them plant-based easily by swapping the butter for a vegan butter or coconut oil.
Frequently Asked Questions
We prefer not to peel the sweet potatoes, we just give them a good wash to remove and loose dirt. The skins get so crisp and delicious! If you prefer, you can peel them before slicing them into rounds.
This is a great make ahead side for Thanksgiving. Once cooked, transfer to a container and let cool before covering and placing in the fridge. They will keep well for 2 to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven, covered with foil, at 360°F for 15 to 20 minutes until warmed through.
Sweet potatoes are a must-side dish for Thanksgiving. This year, impress your guests with this melting delicious take on sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect recipe for the holiday season!
For more sweet potato recipes:
- Loaded Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Noodles with Grilled Chicken
- Sweet Potato Toast and Fried Eggs
- Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Sweet Potato Rounds
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This Melting Sweet Potatoes recipe was originally published on November 16, 2017. The recipe has been slightly modified to add vegetable broth and the post now includes updated step-by-step photos.
Melting Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the sweet potatoes on the prepared sheet pan, add the melted butter, salt and cinnamon. Toss to coat, and then spread the sweet potatoes on the pan in a single layer, not touching.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Then flip the potatoes, drizzle the maple syrup and vegetable broth on top, and return to the oven for 20 more minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are caramelized and the maple syrup is reduced and bubbly.
- Transfer the sweet potatoes to a platter and drizzle the sauce from the pan on top. Sprinkle pecans, and serve immediately.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.