Caramelized Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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"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."

Original is 7-8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (143.8 g)
  • Calories 244.6
  • Total Fat - 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 842.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 14.3 g
  • Protein - 2.3 g
  • Calcium - 51.8 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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).

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Transfer to serving tray and enjoy!

Step 6

Tidbit: Note that onions will cook down a lot; 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 caramelized. They should be dark (not burned) and cooked way down.

Step 7

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.


No special items needed.

20 Reviews


Yummy! Perfect as a creative sweet potato side dish. I served these with bbq ribs for an early Autumn cookout.


review by:
(1 Oct 2023)


Holy moly - these are so very good. I've never actually made caramelized onions before. I may have roasted them too long, b/c they look black, but they were tasty and sweet and wonderful!! Oh and so were the sweet potatoes! These will be made again, for sure!!


review by:
(13 Dec 2020)


Delicious with a steak, cooked on the grill on a cookie sheet. No heating up the house!


review by:
(28 Jun 2020)

Avery And Maxs Mom

Total winner for Easter dinner! They tasted so good with our ham and salad. Even my kids loved them!


(14 Apr 2020)

Junk Food Joanne

Delicious sweet potatoes! We enjoyed them with a rotisserie chicken and garden fresh peas. So yummy!


review by:
(12 Aug 2019)


What a great way to make sweet potatoes and they were so good with our ham dinner! Flavor was so good!


review by:
(28 Dec 2018)

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