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Maple-Glazed Hassleback Sweet Potatoes

These maple glazed hassleback sweet potatoes are perfectly crisp and caramelized and topped with a mixture of walnuts, savory thyme, and coconut sugar and will make the perfect show-stopping side at your Thanksgiving dinner!

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

We did it! As of November 3rd, 2017 I’m officially a married lady. The whole thing still feels absolutely surreal. The night before the wedding everyone kept asking me if I was nervous and I just kept saying it didn’t feel real! In the middle of the night well into the morning I got hit with a serious panic, but once I finally saw my now-husband for our first look all the stress melted away. We’ve got the absolute most goofy smiles plastered to our faces in all of our photos, and it’s cliche but I can truly say our wedding was the happiest day of my life. Not everything went as planned, of course, but none of it bothered me. Seconds before the wedding we found the rings were missing and everyone was in an absolute panic, but I was just so excited to walk down the aisle I didn’t care. Here are a few of the pictures we’ve gotten back! [Credit to Summer Cates Photography]

 

Two days after we went off to Mexico for a week, which I’ll talk more about in the next post, because I know you’re really here for the hassleback sweet potatoes!

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

Ok, let’s talk about these. Does anyone remember the early days of Paleo where you couldn’t eat potatoes, and plantains weren’t really a mainstream starch so you just ate sweet potatoes ALL. THE. TIME? Maybe I’m alone here but all that sweet potato eating sure got old after a while. Luckily now I also eat potatoes, plantains, winter squash, white rice, and the occasional gluten free grain, but sweet potatoes don’t make their way onto my plate that often anymore.

But these, these reminded me why I used to be such a sweet potato fanatic. I’ve wanted to do a hassleback potato for a long time and when I saw these mini-sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s I knew hassleback sweet potatoes would be the perfect candidate! These little cuties are glazed with a maple-thyme butter, sprinkled with sea salt, and topped with a toasted walnut and coconut sugar crumble. They are the best of all things sweet-salty-savory and begging to be made for your thanksgiving or holiday celebrations!

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

If you want to take these to the next-next level, you may try sprinkling on some bacon or crispy pancetta for an additional salty element. Hasslebacking looks fancy, but it really isn’t too difficult. To prevent from cutting through the potato, place two spoons, cutting boards, or knives on either side of the potato then make your slices. The hasslebacking ensures that each slice gets crispy and caramelized, so each bite is perfection.

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

These hassleback sweet potatoes feature a maple-butter glaze, walnut-thyme crumble, and are caramelized to perfection for the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!
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Maple-Glazed Hassleback Sweet Potatoes

These maple glazed hassleback sweet potatoes are perfectly crisp and caramelized and topped with a mixture of walnuts, savory thyme, and coconut sugar and will make the perfect show-stopping side at your Thanksgiving dinner!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1.5 pounds miniature sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the Walnut Crumble:

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (may substitute maple sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Make a series of 1/8-inch slices along each potato, slicing 2/3 of the way through. Place two chopsticks, spoons, knives, etc on either side of the sweet potato to stop from slicing all the way through. 

  3. Whisk together melted better, maple syrup, and thyme. Place the cut sweet potatoes on the parchment paper-lined sheet and brush each sweet potato with the maple butter glaze, then sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 40 minutes.

  4. While potatoes are baking, combine the ingredients for the walnut crumble. After 40 minutes, remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and divide the crumble mixture evenly among the tops of the sweet potatoes. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until browned.


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