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Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Orange & Honey


Serves four.

There's just a little bit of spice kick in these simple roasted sweet potatoes. Be sure to choose a baking dish large enough to roast the potatoes in a single layer.

  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter; more for the pan
  • 3 Tbs. honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 lb. total), preferably the same size and shape, peeled, halved crosswise, and quartered lengthwise
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a large Pyrex or ceramic baking dish. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the honey, orange juice, and cayenne. Put the sweet potatoes in the buttered baking dish, add the honey mixture, and toss the pieces well to coat them thoroughly. Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until the potatoes are browned and tender and the juices are bubbly and thickened, 45 to 55 minutes. To ensure even roasting, stir and baste several times with the pan juices, doing so more frequently toward the end of roasting. Serve at once.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 400, Fat (kcal): 10, Fat Calories (g): 90, Saturated Fat (g): 6, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 80, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 380, Cholesterol (g): 25, Fiber (g): 8,

Photo: Amy Albert

Delicious, easy. Can even be made ahead and reheated. My daughter does not like food too spicy, so I substituted a scant 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder for the cayenne.

Instead of 'fries' I baked, peeled, and mashed the sweet potatoes the day before and then refrigerated them overnight (plastic wrap directly against the potatoes so a skin wouldn't form). The next day I mixed in the honey, OJ, etc. and baked it at 350F for 30-45 minutes and served it right away. Worked like a charm!

Excellent! Easy to prep. Then hands off while baking. Will be making again.

Great recipe! I served it with a standing rib roast. Also, I didn't have any Orange juice so I used Grand Marnier. Wow!

This is very good and easy.

delicious and easy!

This is the perfect recipe to fall back on for Thanksgiving. It's a snap to put together, delicious, and adds a little twist to the menu. VAgardengirl

I cannot make a sweet potato anymore without thinking of this recipe which I retrieved today again to make tonight with a roasted loin of pork. Yummy.

My family loved this recipe! They usually don't like sweet potatoes but, they loved this! The cayenne adds a nice little zip!

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