roasted sweet potato with pecan and maple

This recipe is a great combination of fresh herbs, sweet potatoes, citrus and  pecans. It comes out of  one of my favourite cookbooks; “Ottolenghi” .

This is such a tasty dish and full of flavour, this is a must have recipe.




 serves 4

  • 2 Sweet potatoes (850g)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 35g pecan nuts roasted and chopped
  • 4 spring onions chopped
  • 4 T chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 T chopped coriander
  • 1/4 t dried chilli flakes
  • 35g sultanas
  • Salt & pepper


  • 4T olive oil
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 Tb sherry vinegar/ red wine vinegar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 T orange juice
  • 2 t freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 190ºC

 Start with the sweet potatoes. Don’t peel them! Cut into 2cm cubes, spread out on a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper, mix well with your hands and roast in the oven until the potatoes are just tender, about 30 minutes. Turn them over gently half way through the cooking.

In a separate tray, toast the pecans in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and chop roughly.

While the potatoes are roasting make the dressing. Whisk together all the ingredients in small bowl. Taste and add salt and pepper in needed.

When the potatoes are ready, transfer them to a large bowl while still hot. Add the spring onion, parsley, coriander, chilli, pecans and sultanas. Pour the dressing over and toss gently to blend, then season to taste. Serve at once or at room temperature




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