Up until just recently the most common way that we eat sweet potatoes is baked whole. I treat them as I would regular baked potatoes, split and served with butter and maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar. One of the many recipes I looked at for holiday side dishes was this one for sweet potatoes baked in a honey spice sauce. I took it for a spin and was rewarded by how good it turned out. Besides being a good compliment to turkey or chicken, I think it would also go very well with ham or pork roast. My husband said he likes sweet potatoes fixed this way better than baked whole as I had been doing, so this will most likely be my go-to recipe for sweet potatoes from here on.
It takes a few minutes of prep time to peel the potatoes and cut them into wedges. Once placed in a shallow baking dish, I made the sauce in the microwave and poured it over the potatoes; placed the whole thing in the oven and let them bake for about 30 -40 minutes, stirring and basting with the sauce 2-3 times. They will come out tender, glazed, sweet, spicy and so, so good. If you or someone you know doesn’t like sweet potatoes, try them this way and I think you will become a convert.
SPICED HONEY-GLAZED SWEET POTATOES
- 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 5 ) peeled and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 stick ( 4 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 3-4 dried bay leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- coarse salt and pepper
1. Grease a shallow baking dish, or rimmed baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a small sauce pan, bring honey, butter, bay leaves, allspice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to simmer over medium heat. ( I used the microwave for this step)
3. Pour mixture over the potatoes and bake until tender and glazed about 30 minutes, stirring and turning several times.