easy sweet potato recipe

Balsamic Sweet Potatoes

By Polly Conner

The unique flavor from the glaze makes these sweet potatoes taste out of this world!

We get a little crazy with the sweet potato recipes around Thriving Home. Rachel has found amazing ways to sneak them into banana breadbiscuits, pancakes, and even french toast. If you poke around our Recipe Index you will have no problem finding lots of recipes that include them. Why are we so crazy about sweet potatoes? Because they are seriously good for you.

The unique flavor from the glaze makes these sweet potatoes taste out of this world!

While Rachel may be the queen of baking with sweet potatoes, I have stumbled upon a flavorful way to cook them that I can’t get enough of. This is an easy sweet potato recipe that only requires a few simple ingredients. The glaze adds such a unique flavor from the sweet potatoes that I’ve never tasted before. Ready for some serious YUM?

easy sweet potato recipe

Balsamic Sweet Potatoes

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American


The unique flavor from the glaze makes these sweet potatoes taste out of this world! If you’re not a sweet potato fan, you will be after this recipe.


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 23 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (for easy clean up).
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, bring balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until vinegar thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add butter and salt and stir until butter melts.
  4. Add potato pieces to skillet; toss to coat. Season potatoes with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Spread potatoes evenly on the rimmed baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are tender and golden, stirring occasionally, about 30-40 minutes.
  6. Taste and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to large platter or bowl and serve.

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5 replies
  1. amy says:

    hey.. just found this on pinterest.. any idea how it would do with agave in place of brown sugar & light olive oil in place of butter???

    • Rachel says:

      Although I’ve never tried agave in way, I don’t see how it would be much different then using the brown sugar. Sugar burns easily at high temps, so I wouldn’t overdo it. You will also lose a bit of the rich flavor that the butter adds by subbing light olive oil, but I think it would do fine.


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