25 Days of Christmas

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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oven roasted sweet potatoes
I’m switching things up for Day 16 with a savory, non-dessert.  This dish is elegant, yet simple, and it would fit nicely on any holiday table.  I sliced two types of sweet potatoes (one orange variety and one white variety) and roasted them in the oven until they were tender. I used the white variety, which had eggplant-colored skin, because the people selling me the produce insisted that it was the sweeter, superior sweet potato.

Day 16: Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Difficulty: Piece of Cake! 

Sometimes, the best dishes are the simple ones where the freshness of the ingredients can really shine. The only way you’ll go wrong is if you undercook or overcook the potatoes. If the potatoes aren’t cooked through yet but start to get too brown, just cover them with foil for the remainder of the baking time.

Oven-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This recipe works great for regular potatoes as well. Just leave out the maple syrup and add a few sprigs of rosemary when you remove the potatoes from the oven!
  • 4 pounds of sweet potatoes, skinned and sliced thinly (1/8″)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine the butter, olive oil, and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the butter melts, then remove from heat.
  2. Pour half of the mixture inside of your baking dish (9″x9″ square pan or 9″ round pan)
  3. Arrange the potato slices in the baking dish. Then, pour the remaining mixture evenly over the sliced potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, being careful not to oversalt.
  4. Bake in the middle of the oven until the potatoes are tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Serve immediately.


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I am a lawyer-turned-baker. 
I left my 9-5 office job because I wanted to create recipes, videos, and most of all—Bake! I won the Great American Baking Show, and my debut cookbook Life Is What You Bake It contains some of the winning recipes! My motto is simple: When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd. We have the power to turn tart situations into sweet ones, and it’s my mission to teach people how.



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