Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Yam with Spiced Maple Sauce recipe & photos


  • 2/3 CUP roughly chopped pecans
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes & yams, cut into large diced pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 4 T unsalted butter
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • ¼ t cayenne pepper


  • Heat oven to 450 degrees
  • Place sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil.
  • Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper, and toss to coat.
  • *you must stir the yams/potatoes every 15 minutes or they will burn* Roast until golden brown and tender when pierced with a knife, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  • When it foams, stir in maple syrup and cayenne and let cook briefly about 1 minute.
  • Serve with a drizzle of maple butter and a scattering of pecans.

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