BRING the flavors of the season to your Christmas table with this unique take on sweet potatoes. You’ll bake the potatoes until fork-tender, then enhance their natural sweetness by drizzling with a sauce made from maple syrup, vanilla bean, and whole cloves.
Cut the potatoes into long wedges to make them look especially elegant. This dish is so good, you might even work it into your regular weeknight meal rotation.
10 small sweet potatoes
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 6-inch vanilla bean
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* Scrub the sweet potatoes, pierce each with a fork, and place in oven directly on the rack. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until fork-tender.
* Combine the maple syrup, vanilla bean, and cloves in a glass measuring cup and microwave five minutes. Or heat the syrup, vanilla bean, and cloves in a small saucepan and simmer five minutes. (The syrup can be made up to two days ahead.)
* Remove the potatoes from the oven and cut each lengthwise into 4 wedges. Arrange on a serving dish, sprinkle with the salt, and pour the scented syrup (without the cloves and vanilla bean) over them.