Carmelized Roasted Sweet Potatoes

"I make these roasted potatoes often, especially in autumn and winter. They're so yummy that you will forget how good they are for you. They pair well with ham, turkey or chicken. I sometimes even make these just especially for lunch."
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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl add sweet potatoes, 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper. Mix to evenly coat the potatoes. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over low heat, add 3-4 tablespoons olive oil until heated. Add the sliced onions. Saute, stirring every so often for 20 minutes or until they caramelize. (NOTE: it is very important to saute the onions over low heat, to avoid them from burning). Once they are caramelized, add the remaining 3 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup and the balsamic vinegar. Stir to mix flavors. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue sauteing until onions are dark golden brown and fully caramelized, about 5-10 minutes more. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if pan becomes dry. (Refer to Tidbit below).
  • Arrange sweet potatoes on a sheet tray. Roast for about 25 to 30 minutes. Mid-way through cooking, lift and turn-over potatoes to brown evenly. Dot caramelized onions over the roasted sweet potato cubes. With a spatula, lift and turn-over potatoes again to evenly distribute onion mixture. Roast for an additional 5 - 8 minutes until potatoes are cooked through and slightly browned. Taste for seasoning.
  • Transfer to serving tray and enjoy!
  • Tidbit: Note that onions will cook down alot; decreasing the volume. Depending on the power of your stove top and the amount of onions you have in the pan, it may take a longer time for onions to be fully carmelized. They should be dark (not burned) and cooked way down.
  • Another tidbit: If not using freshly ground pepper in this recipe, it makes a big enough difference. The store prepared ground doesn't have as much depth.

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  1. DailyInspiration
    We absolutely love roasted sweet potatoes and this dish was really delicious. How can you go wrong adding caramelized onions that have been drizzled with maple syrup and the tangy sweet syrupy balsamic vinegar to the delicious maple roasted sweet potatoes. Great combination. Made for PRMR, March, 2013.
    So glad no one else in my family likes sweet potatoes; I get these all for myself! Nice balance between the sweet of the potatoes and the tang of the balsamic. Will be making these again and again! Going into my Best of 2014 Cookbook! Made for Everyday Holiday.
  3. Baby Kato
    Another winner from ForeverMama. Wow is this dish good. So much flavor. We love sweet potatoes and this quick and easy recipe does not disappoint. Love carmelized onions, sweet potatoes, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar, then this is the dish for you. The flavors and textures are great, try it you won't be disappointed. Made for Holiday Tag
  4. Sharon123
    Yum! This will be repeated again. I love caramalized onions and I love roasted sweet potatoes, so this was an easy 5 stars! Thanks!


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