Need a knee-weakening holiday side dish that can deliciously double as a dessert? Our honey cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, adapted from a recipe by Rasa Malaysia, will make your family and friends fight over who gets the first and last bites. Best yet, this sweet potato recipe is so easy, you can serve it as a special holiday side dish or as the favorite part of your usual weeknight meals.
The natural lip-smacking sweetness of sweet potatoes makes them an irresistible treat at the holiday dinner table. Tossed with butter, honey, and ground cinnamon, then roasted until tender, sweet potatoes effortlessly steal the holiday side dish show. Why settle for bland-looking mashed potatoes that need other ingredients to give them flavor when you can dig your fork into roasted chunks of sweet potatoes that boast eye-catching color and taste amazing all on their own?
Sweet potato or yam? For our honey cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes, we use tubers with orange flesh. When you peruse the potato aisle, you may find that these orange root vegetables are labeled as “yams,” not sweet potatoes. Truth be told, the lighter flesh sweet potatoes, as well as the orange flesh “yams”, are, indeed, sweet potatoes. Botanically, a real yam is a root vegetable that is native to Africa and Asia and, typically, not widely available in the supermarket.
If you want to try a true yam, visit an international or specialty market that carries imported produce. Authentic yams are exceedingly starchy and have bark-like skin and white, red, or purple flesh. For this recipe, grab the potatoes that have the copper-colored skin and gorgeous orange flesh.
Roasting sweet potatoes is the most ingenious way to bring out their naturally sweet flavor. As a bonus, roasting is one of the easiest ways to cook them, and despite the dessert-caliber flavor of our sweet potato recipe, these tasty tubers require significantly less butter and other high-calorie ingredients to make them palate-pleasing, plate-cleaning delicious.
Combine butter, honey, and cinnamon
The simple combination of butter, honey, and ground cinnamon makes these sweet potatoes the most delicious side dish on the holiday table. In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, honey, and ground cinnamon.
Add sweet potatoes to the honey-butter mixture
Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Add the sweet potatoes to the honey-butter mixture and stir well to evenly coat.
Transfer the sweet potatoes to a baking sheet
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Roast the sweet potatoes
Roast the sweet potatoes at 375 F for 30 minutes or until they are deliciously fork-tender.
Serve the sweet potatoes drizzled with honey
Transfer the sweet potatoes to a serving platter, drizzle with more honey, and serve hot.
Roasted to perfection!
Sweet honey and warm spices really compliment the sweet potato