olive oil, plus more for the baking dish
sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds
grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper
light brown sugar
fresh thyme leaves
pinch of cayenne pepper
- Heat oven to 375° F. Oil a shallow 2 ½- to 3-quart baking dish.
- In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the Parmesan, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper; transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake until tender, 45 to 50 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, thyme, cayenne, the remaining tablespoon of oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.
- Remove the foil from the baking dish, sprinkle the pecan mixture over the potatoes, and continue to bake, uncovered, until the pecans are toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.