It’s that point of year when the air gets crisp, and we start craving all the tastes of fall:
cinnamon, maple, nuts, and of course, sweet potatoes. So let’s bring them together! We have the perfect dish to do just that: Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes.
The Hasselback method is one of our favorites – remember the Hasselback Smoked Potatoes, Hasselback Chicken, and Easy Baked Hasselback Apples?! – This is the perfect way to get all that flavor infused with delicious orange potatoes.
Plus, the slicing and baking method gives the sweet potato an amazing combination of creamy and crunchy, which is the epitome of a fall food. We can’t praise this enough, so let’s stop talking and start cooking! Watch us make it, then read on for the recipe.
- 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of chopped American walnuts
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (about 218 degrees Celsius).
- Place a sweet potato between chopsticks to stabilize and guide the knife. Cut every half inch along the sweet potato, but not all the way through, using the chopsticks as a guide.
- Brush the potatoes with vegetable oil, place them in a small baking dish, and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake the sweet potatoes for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tender.
- Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 230°C.
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, ground cinnamon, chopped walnuts, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. Stir to combine.
- Pour the maple syrup mixture over and between the baked sweet potato slices, pushing the pecan pieces between each slice.
- Return the stuffed sweet potatoes to the oven and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the baked sweet potatoes from the oven and spoon any cooking liquid over them. Let them cool down a bit before serving.
How perfect are these sweet potatoes for fall? Not only are root vegetables about to be in season, but they also pair well with just about every dish we’ve begun to crave this time of year—and in turn, these maple pecan butter pairs perfectly with it.