This sweet potato dish strikes a perfect balance between sweet, tart, and savory. Perfect for the Autumn months as well as the holidays, this dish combines different varieties of apples for a complex side dish that will make your house smell like an aromatic dream. If you're short on time, this can be made a day ahead, drizzled with olive oil, and reheated in the oven at 425°F in 2 baking pans, until hot. Garnish with sprigs of thyme, for a festive finishing touch.
2 Golden Delicious, peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks
1/4 cup maple syrup
Finely shredded zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus sprigs
About 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes, oil, apples, syrup, lemon zest and juice, chopped thyme, 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, and pepper until coated.
Spread mixture in a single layer in 2 large, oiled, rimmed baking pans. Roast until sweet potatoes are browned and tender when pierced, 40 minutes, turning chunks every 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter, add more salt to taste, and garnish with thyme sprigs.
Make ahead: Up to 1 day; chill. Reheat, drizzled with a little olive oil, in a 425° oven in 2 baking pans, until hot, 20 minutes.