Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Cook Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 10 to 12

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ratings & Reviews

sarahfeena's Review

December 01, 2013
This dish was a big hit at Thanksgiving. The thyme and lemon really added some nice flavors. I probably used more thyme than this recipe called for. It maybe didn't need so much maple syrup, since a lot of it ended up just burning in the pan. It also seemed to be done cooking a bit early (after 35 min or so), I used two baking sheets with shallow edges on them, so maybe being so spread out made it cook faster. I did have to put it back in the oven for another 15-20 min after it had sat out while the turkey roasted, and it held up just fine.

palmerz's Review

April 14, 2013
Made this dish Easter I could not believe the reaction I got, Loved it. Will be making this for some friends next week (the true test) Healthy food easily made.

mamabear3's Review

November 15, 2012
I made this for a large dinner party with pork tenderloin with apple cider sauce. It was a huge hit and I have had several people ask for the recipe. I added 4 good sized onions and I sliced the apples in larger chunks than the sweet potatoes to allow for the apples cooking quicker than the potatoes. I will definitely make it again for Thanksgiving!

crazy4sushi's Review

November 26, 2009
In trying to make a healthier Thanksgiving meal, I made this a an alternative to the traditional sweet potatoes with marshmallows. It was great but, I think it needs more apple and more thyme. Definitely give it the room it needs on two pans or else it will end up steaming instead of roasting.

piacere's Review

November 09, 2009
We really liked the combination of lemon, thyme and maple syrup flavors with the sweet potato. So much so that absent the apples we used the same treatment for cubed delicata squash and it was just as delicious. Although we like the combo of roasted apples with sweet potatoes (and squash too for that matter) we thought there were simply too many apples in this recipe. So while we won't make the recipe again, we'll "borrow" the flavor profile and use it on sweet potatoes and squash again.

judyleebo's Review

November 02, 2009
11-1-09 -- I used a little less maple syrup. I think next time I may use more fresh thyme. Cooked up very well with an interesting appearance since apples were also used. Apples & potatoes didn't loose shape. My guests really enjoyed it, and I will use this recipe again--probably at Thanksgiving! Served with charcoal barbecued steaks.

Willcarr's Review

October 29, 2009
The recipe is ok as a side for meals but I would add more syrup and perhaps include raisins during the last 10 minutes of cooking. Some of the apples turned to mush. Enjoyed it with roast chicken.