Here we are at the start of summer, and I am bringing you a decidedly fall dish: Glazed Sweet Potatoes. First of all, these potatoes coated in butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup are so sinfully delicious, you wouldn’t want to wait until next season to try them.
Secondly, I have a love-hate relationship with summer right now, so I’m happy to daydream about shorter days, pumpkin pie, and corduroy. My main complaint about summer is the l-o-n-g days. It’s awesome that I can take photos of our dinner with natural light until around 8:30 pm, but that’s about all I like about the summer sun. This morning I heard the kids waking up at 5:40 am, and it was broad daylight at that unreasonable hour. Despite my attempts to make their rooms black holes with dark curtains, the sun still sneaks in somehow and wakes them up.
Bedtime is no better. The Tall One is exhausted from running in high gear at all times, so he goes to sleep right away no matter how bright it is. The Short One, however, has taken to playing in his room and occasionally sneaking out to find me until almost 9:00 pm when the sun has finally set.
Let’s talk about schedules for a moment. There are different kinds of parents in this world. You have your easygoing moms and dads who don’t worry about pesky bedtimes, and then you have more uptight parents whose lives revolve around nap and bedtime. People can fall anywhere in between or fluctuate from one extreme to the other of course, but we are firmly planted on the strict schedule end of the spectrum. FIRMLY. Every night without fail, the kids go to bed by 7:30, maybe 8:00 at the latest for special occasions. I don’t need the sunlight interfering with our neurotic schedule, thank you very much.
I will welcome the appearance of pumpkins on doorsteps in a couple months, not just because of shorter days, but because it will be a sign that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all on their way. Until then, I bring you these incredibly delicious candied sweet potatoes that even both my picky kids loved! Adapted from Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes by Martha Stewart.
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and diced into 1” cubes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon natural kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Melt butter in oven-safe skillet (preferably iron) over medium-high heat.
- Add sweet potatoes, and stir to coat.
- Add remaining ingredients, and stir until brown sugar is dissolved.
- Bring to a simmer, then transfer uncovered skillet to preheated oven.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so, until potatoes are tender.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 25
- Category: Side Dish