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Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes are crispy and buttery on the outside, tender on the inside, and with the pumpkin spice flavor everyone loves. These roasted sweet potatoes topped with maple syrup and pecans are sure to be a family favorite.
They make an easy side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas with the fall spices that make them perfect for a holiday menu. But if you have the time to pop them in the oven, they are actually simple enough for a weeknight meal or Sunday dinner.
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I’m thrilled to share this sweet potato recipe featuring Land O Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread. Recipes for melting potatoes and melting potatoes have been making the rounds all over the internet, blogosphere, and social media for awhile now. The warm spices and buttery flavor in this version make it not only smell and taste amazing, but the butter spread also makes this an easy recipe for feeding a family of four or a gathering of 14 or, dare I say, 40. This is a side dish you’ll enjoy the entire fall season, but you will be especially excited to add it to your upcoming holiday menus.
I’ve spent years trying to find the perfect sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving. When I am making sweet potatoes during the week, they are usually simply baked or made into baked sweet potato fries. And occasionally I’ll even turn those sweet taters into a meal by stuffing them or topping them like these Mexican Pineapple Black Bean Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes.
But for a holiday side dish to feed a crowd, I’ve been at a loss. I’ve mashed them, but in my family everyone has a love/hate relationship with mashed potatoes. Either they love mashed potatoes so much that they don’t want to bother with mashed sweet potatoes, or they don’t really like mashed anything. I’ve tried the classic marshmallows on top, but it’s just a little too sweet for me. I’ve even just simply roasted them, but then they look so plain alongside the other dishes at the feast that they get overlooked.
I think I might have finally stumbled upon my ultimate Thanksgiving sweet potatoes recipes! It’s simple, but not too simple that it can’t hold its own amongst the rest of the menu. Everyone will be drawn to the golden brown color, the glistening glazed pecans, and the aroma of their favorite warm autumn spices…
How to Make Melting Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Spice Butter, Pecans and Maple Syrup
Melting potatoes or melting sweet potatoes are typically made by tossing thick slices of sweet potatoes in oil or butter and roasting at a high temperature. Some call for as high as 500°F, but given my sensitive smoke alarm system that blares through the entire house I opted for a slightly lower temperature and a slightly longer roasting time, like these Harissa Honey Butter Melting Sweet Potatoes from Sarcastic Cooking.
It’s after this initial roasting that the recipes vary. I’ve seen some recipes where the roasted sweet potatoes are then simply pulled from the oven and served. Others, like the garlicky Melting Sweet Potatoes from Foodie With Family that get their soft interior texture from a final round in the oven after pouring on a liquid, in this case vegetable broth. This recipe from Dessert for Two calls for slathering the potatoes with a Maple Pecan glaze, which looks insanely delicious.
So I took elements of each of these recipes for my spin on a melting sweet potato recipe:
- Thick slices √
- Slathered in a couple tablespoons Land O Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread per pound of sweet potatoes √
- 425°F oven, flipping once √
- One final bake with apple juice, maple syrup, and pecans √
- Sweet, tender potatoes with a bit of crunch √
- Dreamy aromas of pumpkin spice √√√√√
Land O’Lakes helped make this recipe even easier with their butter spread.
With your favorite warm autumn spices blended into a creamy, butter spread, you’ll be slathering this on everything from bagels and toast to pancakes and maybe even just some basic baked sweet potatoes. You can find out where to buy it and some amazing recipes on Land O’Lakes website, plus check out what they are sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
If you like these Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes, you’ll love these recipes…
- If you have leftovers, make Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus
- Slather the Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread on Gluten Free Apple Butter Corn Bread
- Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Oatmeal gets an extra burst of pumpkin spice if you top it with a pat of Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread
Land O’Lakes has a super easy recipe to make Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer. Spread some on this Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Bread from The Baker Mama. Or dollop some on top of these Cream Cheese Pancakes from Barefeet in the Kitchen.
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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.