Sweet Potatoes With Pecans and Parmesan


This twist on an old fall favorite will have your dinner guests raving.

Sweet Potatoes With Pecans and Parmesan
A little bit sweet and a little bit savory, this genius update on a classic sweet potato casserole forgoes the usual sticky marshmallow topping for something infinitely more grownup and craveable. A generous flurry of salty Parmesan gets roasted into peeled and sliced sweet potatoes seasoned with salt and black pepper, and then the whole mixture is topped with a mixture of brown sugar, pecan, thyme and cayenne pepper. Nutty, crunchy, sweet, and spicy—what's not to love? If you'd like to play around, try substituting toasted almonds or walnuts for pecans, or for a little more heat, add an extra pinch of cayenne. Get the recipe:Sweet Potatoes With Pecans and Parmesan. Photo: Gentl & Hyers
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
8 serves


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the baking dish

  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1⁄4-inch-thick rounds

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

  • pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Oil a shallow 2 ½- to 3-quart baking dish.

  2. 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.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, thyme, cayenne, the remaining tablespoon of oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.

  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
16g Fat
34g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 504mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 6g
Calcium 137mg 11%
Iron 1mg 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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