“I’ve been doing sweet potatoes wrong my whole life, and I just figured it out.”

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Embrace the arrival of autumn with a delectable fusion of fall flavors in our latest culinary creation: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Pecans. Building on the renowned Hasselback method, a technique celebrated in our past recipes such as Smoked Hasselback Potatoes, Hasselback Chicken, and Easy Hasselback Baked Apples, we’ve curated a dish that seamlessly blends the warmth of cinnamon, the richness of maple, the crunch of walnuts, and the earthy sweetness of sweet potatoes. It’s a symphony of textures and tastes that embodies the essence of fall.

Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Yields 2 servings | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C).
  2. To facilitate slicing, position a sweet potato between two chopsticks, guiding the knife. Make ¼-inch slices along the length, stopping ⅞ of the way through, using the chopsticks as a depth guide. Repeat with the second sweet potato.
  3. Brush the sweet potatoes with vegetable oil, place in a baking dish, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until tender.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 450°F (230°C).
  6. In a bowl, combine melted butter, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. Mix well.
  7. Spoon the maple syrup mixture over and between the sweet potato slices, ensuring pecan pieces are nestled between each slice.
  8. Return filled sweet potatoes to the oven for an additional 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Once baked, spoon any cooking liquid over the potatoes and allow them to cool slightly before serving.

Conclusion: These Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes are an ode to fall. As root vegetables come into season, the harmonious blend of flavors in this dish makes it a perfect accompaniment to the crisp air and autumnal vibes. The maple pecan butter elevates the sweet potatoes to a brilliant and delicious level, making it a must-try for anyone seeking a delightful fall-inspired culinary experience.

Your Turn: Have you joined the hasselback bandwagon or experimented with similar dishes? Share your favorite ways to savor sweet potatoes and whether you’ll be giving this recipe a shot. Feel free to experiment with additional flavors and tell us about your culinary adventures. We can’t wait to hear about your experiences with this delightful fall dish!

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