These Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar are super tasty and so easy to make. They are an incredible side dish and a delicious addition to your holiday table! Wow your guests at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with this show stopping side dish!
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Why You'll Love This Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potato Recipe!
If you love sweet potato casserole, then you are going to love these Hasselback sweet potatoes! This roasted Hasselback version with the sweet brown sugar really tops any other way of cooking them. They are thinly sliced, although not all the way through (more on that later), and then drizzled with butter and brown sugar sauce and roasted to give you those crispy skins. There is also the addition of warming spices that give you all of the feels of fall.
I love using the butter with the sugar and it actually balances the flavors perfectly when combined with the pecans. The freshness from the orange cuts through the sweetness perfectly. I use nutmeg for this recipe but there are other spices that you can try. These Hasselback potatoes are a perfect side dish for special occasions like Thanksgiving or Easter dinner!
- Easy to make - This is an easy recipe to make and tastes amazing. Perfect for the holiday season.
- Delicious flavors - The sweet potato teamed with the butter, sugar, spices, and pecans make for a dish to tantalize the tastebuds.
- A unique side dish - Looks incredible, tastes amazing, and works well with many different main dishes.
- Simple ingredients - The most important thing is the sweet potato. The delicious savory and sweet toppings are all easy to acquire at your local grocery store.
What Are Hasselback Potatoes
The name Hasselback comes from the Hasselbacken restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden where the recipe for Hasselback potatoes was first introduced in the 1940's. This technique has an impressive appearance, but is surprisingly easy and can be done with meat and veggies.
Cutting Hasselback Potatoes
Hasselbacking is a technique where potatoes or other items are sliced in thin, even layers across the top surface. This creates more area to stuff or top the potato with additional toppings.
There are a couple of different methods to use to create the Hasselback effect. The trick is to not go all the way through the potato. You can use the chop sticks method which is a simple trick that helps guide your knife to not cut the potato all the way through.
- Place your scrubbed sweet potatoes on a cutting board.
- Place a chopstick or wood skewers on either side of the potato.
- With your very sharp knife slice down the potato until your knife hits the chopstick.
- Continue to create thin slices across the whole potato.
- The chopstick stops your knife from going all the way through so that you get thin potato slices. Simple!
Can You Eat Sweet Potato Skin?
Yes, you absolutely can and many people think it is the best part. You do need to ensure that the sweet potatoes have been thoroughly cleaned. You can do this with a vegetable scrubber or brush.
sweet potatoes- The star of the show. Try and ensure you pick sweet potatoes or yams that are of a similar size so that they bake evenly.
rosemary-An earthy herb that works so well with sweet potato. It helps to give that savory flavor. You can use fresh or dried rosemary.
cinnamon-I love using cinnamon in dishes and this warming spice works well with the sweet flavor of the potato.
nutmeg-has a great sweet earthy flavor and is balanced well with the cinnamon and rosemary.
pecans-adding the pecans to these sweet potato hasselbacks gives that flavor of a candied pecan. They add a lovely nutty flavor and crunch.
brown sugar-This will add sweetness and also caramelize the potatoes as they roast.
butter- Drizzling melted butter with the herbs and spices enhances the potatoes and helps them to roast and become golden brown.
orange- You will need the zest and juice of an orange to cut through the sweet flavors. The citrus will add a fresh flavor.
Preheat oven to 400° F. Using a sharp knife, cut each sweet potato using the Hasselback method.
Add the melted butter, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, spices, orange zest and orange juice to a bowl. Brush potatoes with half of the butter mixture and place in the oven to bake for an hour. Periodically, brush the rest of the butter mixture over the potatoes so that it evenly coats all of the sliced layers.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and pecans. Garnish with orange slices and rosemary sprigs.
These roasted sweet potatoes with brown sugar are perfect for Thanksgiving or other holiday dinners. The flavors from the nutmeg and cinnamon are reminiscent of fall and they will work with so many different proteins and vegetables.
Serve the Hasselback sweet potatoes with this Easy Roasted Dutch Oven Turkey Breast or with this Instant Pot Turkey Tenderloin recipe. The sweet potatoes are a fantastic side dish and a little different from the usual white potato.
Make Ahead Tips
- The most time-consuming part is cutting the potatoes with the Hasselback technique, so feel free to cut the potatoes a day ahead and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until you are ready to bake.
- Prepare the ingredients for the butter such as measuring out the spices and chopping the fresh rosemary. You could also juice and zest your orange. Store everything separately until you are ready to make the butter mixture.
- Smaller potatoes will cook quickly. Make sure that the potatoes you choose are all a similar size so that you can ensure they have the same cook time.
- If you don't want to use chopsticks then you could use a wooden spoon or wooden skewers instead.
If you have any leftovers, allow them to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container. They will store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. To reheat, simply add them to an oven at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes.
Substitutions And Additions
I love my sweet potatoes to have sweet toppings but you can go for other more savory additions! Try some of these ideas which work well with regular potatoes as well.
- crispy bacon - Chop some crispy bacon to sprinkle over the top of the Hasselback potatoes.
- maple syrup - You could drizzle a little bit of maple syrup over the top before adding them to the oven to roast. This will be a great substitution for the brown sugar.
- garlic powder - You can’t go wrong with garlic potatoes. You could add some garlic granules, garlic powder, or garlic-infused olive oil.
- seasoning - If you are not big on bold flavors then a little sprinkle of salt and black pepper will go a long way.
- sour cream - Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on the side.
- parmesan cheese - A fun way to enjoy this savory side dish is to sprinkle some parmesan cheese over the top. A single layer of cheese will go a long way.
- fresh herbs- you can use fresh parsley, thyme or rosemary with the potatoes.
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Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar
- 4 medium sized sweet potatoes, scrubbed well
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar, divided
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Thoroughly clean the sweet potatoes. Use chop sticks or wood spoons as a guide to cut the sweet potatoes across, into ⅛ inch thick slices without cutting completely through the potato. The chop stick will stop the knife so that the knife does not go all the way through the potato.
- Place the sliced Hasselback potatoes into a casserole dish or any oven safe dish.
- In a small bowl, melt the butter and whisk in 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, finely chopped rosemary orange zest and orange juice. Brush half of this butter mixture over the potatoes so that the butter drips down into the slices of potato.
- Place the baking dish with potatoes into the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. Periodically brush the potatoes with the remaining butter mixture.
- Check the potatoes with a fork to make sure they are fork tender. After the potatoes are cooked remove from oven. Sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and chopped pecans. Serve immediately or cover to keep warm.