This side dish could not be any easier to prepare. There are only a few ingredients and it's seriously low maintenance. Plus, it's potatoes. Potatoes, you say? Why yes, I did say potatoes. Funny you should mention it because potatoes are my favorite food in the whole world. They are? I had no idea. Hi, my name is Stacey and I love potatoes. It's important you know this upfront. If you are a regular visitor to my site you get it. If you are not, welcome... you should know I love potatoes. And these roasted sweet potatoes with toasted hazelnuts totally rock.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Hazelnuts are Pure Bliss
Not to be confused with red bliss potatoes, which I have written a poem about. If you are clever you will find it on my website. I've mostly drooled over russet or yukon potatoes in life. But sweet potatoes (more like a distant relative you see occasionally) do command my attention from time to time. My favorite way to eat them is roasted. And while I love the simple method of tossing sweet potato chunks in olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting in my oven, a layer of crunch was that thing I never realized was missing.
A friend of mine showed me a picture of a beautiful bowl of sweet potatoes with hazelnuts she made and I knew right then and there: it was kismet. And hazelnuts? My childhood memory of hazelnuts is that they were served as a snacky thing on Christmas day and they seemed so exotic to me as a child who knew of no other nut than the peanut. I gobbled them down every year.
The combination of sweet potatoes and toasted hazelnuts, plus a very light drizzle of maple syrup offers up an exciting twist to this distant relative you only see occasionally. The roasty, tender sweet potatoes and the crunch of the hazelnut is pure culinary bliss. You would think maple syrup might be overkill since sweet potatoes are... well, sweet. This is not the case. It's really fantastic and you're going to love it.
Easy Steps to Roasted Sweet Potatoes
This is a great anytime side dish and would also be a fantastic addition to Thanksgiving dinner and much cheaper than buying butternut squash. This recipe can serve 4-5 people so you could easily double it using the recipe multiplier in the recipe card below.
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