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Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Butter Recipe

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Hasselback sweet potato with maple pecan butter on a plate

Baked sweet potatoes have never tasted better thanks to the grill and a flavor packed butter.

For every great lead character, there are countless supporting players who help make a movie, play, or book truly memorable. Would the Star Wars story of Luke Skywalker be as compelling without the ewoks or the Cantina band?

The same is true at Thanksgiving dinner. While the turkey takes center stage, the various flavors, textures and colors of the side dishes bring the entire meal to life.

If your side dishes seem a bit tired this year, try a new twist with grilled hasselback sweet potatoes. For the hasselback technique, you simply make a series of vertical cuts across the potatoes nearly but not all the way through to the bottom. As they cook, the slices begin to open up like an accordion, allowing the pecans and maple butter to penetrate deep into the sweet potato. When cooked, the accordion-like appearance of each sweet potato creates a stunning presentation for your holiday guests!

Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Butter Recipe


Hasselback sweet potato with pecan butter on plate
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This is a beautiful way to serve your sweet potatoes. The hasselback technique makes it beautiful, the pecans, maple and rosemary made it delicious.

Course:
Dinner
,
Lunch
,
Side Dish
,
Vegetable
Cuisine:
American

Makes:

Servings: 4 servings

Takes:

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick, 2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Morton Coarse Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
Notes:
About the salt. Remember, kosher salt is half the concentration of table salt so if you use table salt, use half as much. Click here to read more about salt and how it works. 
Metric conversion:

These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

Method

  • Fire up. Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect cooking by placing a chimney full of lit charcoal briquets on one side of the grill's charcoal grate in order to create direct and indirect cooking zones. Adjust the smoker or grill vents to bring the temperature to about 325°F (163°C). On a gas grill, adjust the temperature knobs so that one half of the grill is off and the other half is heated enough to maintain a temperature of approximately 325°F (163°C) on the indirect side.
  • Prep. Place a sweet potato between two wooden spoon handles or chopsticks to create an even stopping point about 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) from your work surface. Make vertical cuts 1/4 inch (6.3 mm) apart all across the top of the sweet potato, stopping at the wooden spoon or chopstick approximately 1/8 inch (3.2 mm) from the bottom. Repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes.
  • Cook. Brush each hasselback sweet potato with olive oil and place them on the grill’s main cooking grate as far away from the heat source as possible. Close the lid, and allow the sweet potatoes to cook until fork tender, about 1 hour.
  • Place the butter, pecans, maple syrup, salt, and rosemary in a small saucepan, and set the saucepan on the hot side of the grill. Allow the butter to melt, swirling or stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • When the butter melts, spoon half of the mixture over the tops of the hasselback sweet potatoes, using a butter knife if needed to gently separate the layers so that the pecans can fall between them. Close the lid and allow the sweet potatoes to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve. Remove the hasselback sweet potatoes from the grill to plates or a platter, and spoon on the remaining maple-pecan butter. Serve immediately.

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Published On: 11/3/2017 Last Modified: 10/24/2022

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