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Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes are crispy and buttery on the outside, tender on the inside, and literally melt in your mouth! These roasted sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice butter topped with maple syrup-glazed pecans are a delicious and easy Thanksgiving side dish.
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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Side Dish
After years spent trying to find the perfect side dish to feed a crowd, I think I might have finally stumbled upon my ultimate Thanksgiving sweet potatoes recipe. Dreamy aromas of pumpkin spice and the rich and smooth flavor of a sweet potato casserole come together in these delicious Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes.
This is the best sweet potato recipe featuring Land O’Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread. The warm spices and buttery flavor in this version make it not only smell and taste amazing, but the butter spread also makes it an easy recipe for feeding a family of four or a gathering of 14 or, dare I say, 40! Yes, my sister even makes it for her Friendsgiving every year using a 5-pound bag of sweet potatoes, and it always disappears.
This is a side dish you’ll enjoy the entire fall season, but you’ll be especially excited to add it to your upcoming holiday menus. And if you can’t find the Land O’Lakes spread, though, I also tell you how to make it with just butter and pumpkin pie spice.
What Are Melting Sweet Potatoes?
Crispy on the outside, tender and caramelized on the inside, melting sweet potatoes literally melt in your mouth. Melting potatoes, or melting sweet potatoes, are typically made by tossing thick slices of sweet potatoes in oil or butter and roasting them at a high temperature; the combination of butter with the natural sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes results in their “melting” texture and rich flavor. This isn’t your average roasted sweet potato side dish! Melting potatoes are somewhere between roasted and casserole sweet potatoes, and overall delicious on any occasion.
These Melting Sweet Potatoes are simple on paper, but not so simple that they can’t hold their own amongst the rest of any menu! Everyone is drawn in by the golden brown color, the glistening glazed pecans, and the aroma of warm autumn spices. These are the key ingredients for this special roasted sweet potato recipe:
- Sweet Potatoes. Peeled and cut into slices approx. 1 inch thick for tender melting potatoes that have a bit of crunch.
- Land O’Lakes® Pumpkin Spice Butter. Land O’Lakes® make this recipe even easier with their limited edition pumpkin spice butter spread. However, if needed, you can make your own at home: mix together 6 Tbsp of room-temperature, softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
- Kosher Salt. Salt offsets the sweetness of these potatoes for the best balance of flavors.
- Apple Juice. Adds a burst of acidity and fall flavor to the maple syrup pecan glaze. In a pinch, lemon juice is the next best alternative!
- Maple Syrup. Pure, natural maple syrup (from the trees!) is the absolute best in terms of flavor.
- Chopped Pecans. Glazed pecans sprinkled overtop the sweet potatoes take this side dish to a whole other level.
How to Pick a Good Sweet Potato
Sweet potatoes make excellent holiday sides in part because they’re in season from October through January. How do you pick the best sweet potatoes for baking? To pick out the perfect sweet potatoes for your Thanksgiving recipes, select those with unwrinkled skins free from blemishes. Also note that the larger the potato, the starchier, so opt for ones that are medium-sized.
How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes
Some recipes for melting potatoes call for an oven as hot as 500°F! For this recipe, I opted for a slightly lower temperature and a slightly longer roasting time.
Prep and Preheat: To begin, preheat the oven to 425°F. Meanwhile, lightly coat a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray and set aside. Gather your peeled and sliced sweet potatoes in a large bowl and also set them aside for now.
Melt the Butter: In a smaller, separate bowl, gently melt the pumpkin spice butter in the microwave in short bursts. Alternatively, use a small pan on the stove over low heat— either way, keep a close eye so that the butter doesn’t heat too quickly!
Toss the Sweet Potatoes: Pour the melted butter over the sweet potatoes, give them a sprinkle of salt, and toss them well to ensure the potato slices are evenly coated.
Bake: Place potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes on one side, then flip and bake the other side for another 20 minutes. It’s after this initial roasting that recipes vary, but for this version, we’re going after extra caramelized sweet potatoes that come from a final bake with a coating of glaze.
Top With Glazed Pecans: While the sweet potatoes are finishing up, in another small bowl, combine the apple juice, maple syrup, and pecans and give everything a good stir. Pour the glaze and pecans over the potatoes and return them to the oven for a few minutes longer, until the potatoes are tender and caramelized.
Tips for Success
Here are a few tips to ensure you have the best results with this glorious sweet potato recipe:
- Use the Right Baking Dish. When baking at such a high temperature, it’s important to use a proper dish that won’t shatter in high heat. For this reason, avoid glass baking dishes for this recipe.
- Save Your Leftovers. If you have leftover melted sweet potatoes, use these to make Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus.
- Adapt for Different Diets. If you’re avoiding dairy, replace the butter with a vegan butter, or olive or avocado oil. You can also leave the nuts out in case of food allergies.
- Repurpose the Pumpkin Spice Butter. With your favorite warm autumn spices blended into a creamy, butter spread, you’ll be slathering Land O’Lakes Pumpkin Spice Butter on everything from bagels and toast to gluten free pancakes and even everyday baked sweet potatoes! Visit Land O’Lakes for details on where to find it. Otherwise, if you’re making your own pumpkin spice butter for coating the potatoes, make a little extra and save it in the fridge!
This is such an effortless recipe for everyday dinners, or an unbeatable side dish for your holiday table! These melting sweet potatoes with pumpkin spice pair nicely with cooked veggies like broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, collard greens, or green beans. They’re also great next to a leafy salad! See below for more sides suggestions.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Store leftover sweet potatoes in an airtight container for 2-3 days (any longer and you’ll risk a mushy situation on your hands!). To reheat, place the melting sweet potatoes in a pan on low heat until they’re heated through and the edges have a chance to crisp up again.
Can I Freeze These?
You can roast the melting potatoes ahead of time and freeze them in a freezer-safe container. Thaw them overnight, then reheat them gently on the stove with a little bit of butter before topping them with the warm glaze. Just be careful that they don’t overcook when reheating!
More Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas
Here are some suggestions for family-friendly dishes to go alongside your ultimate Melting Sweet Potatoes:
- Brown Butter Peas and Carrots
- Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
- Apple Butter Gluten Free Cornbread
- Cranberry Orange Glazed Green Beans
You can also check out this post dedicated to more Easy Thanksgiving Recipes.
Whether it’s a weeknight or a holiday meal, I hope these Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes are on your table soon!
Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch thick slices
- 6 Tablespoons Land O’Lakes® Pumpkin Spice Butter (or 6 Tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice)
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 425°F and coat a baking sheet with oil or cooking spray.
- Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl.
- Gently melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove over low heat. It melts fast, so watch closely.
- Pour the butter over the sweet potatoes, sprinkle with salt, and toss till they are evenly coated. Place potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake at 425°F for 20 minutes. Flip and bake for another 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, stir together the apple juice, maple syrup, and pecans. Pour over the potatoes and return to the over for another 5-10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and caramelized.