Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Maple Butter

Equal parts maple syrup and butter with a little chopped fresh basil stirred in makes one of the simplest, tastiest toppings for a variety of dishes – pork chops, chicken, salmon, or sweet potatoes, as here. The preparation is easy but the result is a deliciously rich, silky drizzle to complement the savory, slightly spicy roasted potatoes.

It’s a simple side fit for a casual, everyday meal or an elegant holiday dinner.

Serves 6


  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium-large sweet potatoes (5 to 6 inches long, about 2-1/2 lbs), peeled
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Line a large, shallow baking pan with parchment paper. (The potatoes may stick to aluminum foil. If you use foil, rub it with oil before adding the potatoes.)
  3. Combine the first 5 ingredients (through cayenne) in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut the peeled sweet potatoes in half crosswise. Cut each half into 8 wedges, about 1/2-inch thick each.
  5. Place the wedges in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat.
  6. Sprinkle the spice rub