Vanilla Sweet Potatoes


A very aromatic twist on sweet potatoes (that perfectly pairs with a traditional turkey dinner) but also goes great with any weeknight dinner.

Vanilla Sweet Potatoes on White Serving Plate with Metal Spoon
Photo: Jim Franco
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
10 serves


  • 10 small sweet potatoes

  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup

  • 1 6-inch vanilla bean

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes, pierce each with a fork, and place in oven directly on the rack with the turkey (or in a preheated 350 F oven). Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fork-tender.

  2. Meanwhile, combine the maple syrup, vanilla bean, and cloves in a glass measuring cup and microwave 5 minutes. Or heat the syrup, vanilla bean, and cloves in a small saucepan and simmer 5 minutes. (The syrup can be made up to 2 days ahead.)

  3. Remove the potatoes from the oven and cut each lengthwise into 4 wedges. Arrange on a serving dish, sprinkle with the salt, and pour the scented syrup (without the cloves and vanilla bean) over them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
45g Carbs
1mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Sodium 141mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Protein 1g
Calcium 55mg 4%
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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