Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Sauce

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Ease of Preparation: easy
Total Preparation Time: 2 Minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes


  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped pecans 
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into large dice 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F and arrange rack in the middle.
  2. While oven heats, place pecans on a baking sheet to toast until they smell nutty and are slightly darker, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. 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 40 to 45 minutes.
  4. 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.