Roasted Yams/Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Syrup & Pecans

Roasted Yams/Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Syrup & Pecans
This recipe has a great combination of flavors. The cayenne doesn't make it spicy hot but lends an interesting note to the maple syrup/butter sauce.
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Cuisine: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup candied pecans
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into large dice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F and arrange the rack in the middle.
  2. Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to coat. Roast until golden brown and tender when pierced with a knife, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it foams, stir in maple syrup and cayenne and let cook briefly about 1 minute. Serve sweet potatoes with a drizzle of maple butter and a scattering of pecans.
Notes
could add ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon,¼ teaspoon ground allspice, Pinch of Kosher salt. Zest of one orange (optional) to maple syrup

 

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