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A Twist On Tradition

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A Twist On Tradition

Are you a sweet potato lover? I love them in all forms, simple or embellished. I found this Better Homes and Gardens recipe about nine years ago and it has been a favorite ever since. I have to admit, it's not for everyday because it takes a little more effort than my usual Monday-Friday faire. But it is so worth it and definitely good enough for company. Of course, you need to love the over-the-top ingredients: blue cheese and candied pecans. Are you game? Here we go!

Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Blue Cheese

The Veggies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

On a jelly roll pan (a cookie sheet with sides) toss to combine:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into lengthwise wedges
  • 1 small sweet onion, cut into 1" pieces 
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper

Spread them in a single layer and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the veggies are tender, stirring once.

The Brittle

Meanwhile, in a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in:

  • 1/3 C pecan pieces (more if you want to snack on them)
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1/4 t salt

Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes until the pecans are coated in the melted brown sugar mixture. Remove from heat and immediately spread out on a piece of foil to cool completely.

The Dressing

In a small bowl, whisk together:

  • 4 t cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 t honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 T crumbled blue cheese (or substitute cheddar)

To Serve

Transfer sweet potatoes and onions to a platter. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with the pecans and remaining:

  • 1 T blue cheese

 Serves 6


Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Blue Cheese


This is fabulous with Sherry-Soy Salmon !

If you like a more traditional take on sweet potatoes, check out my blog:

Mama Sheila's Sweet Potato Soufflé 







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