Tara Bench


November 23, 2022

Tara Bench

Food Stylist & Blogger

By Tara Bench

Food Stylist & Blogger

Tara has spent more than twenty years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and articles, and food styling for various magazines, books, television, and advertising. Her first cookbook was “Live Life Deliciously” and her latest book, “Delicious Gatherings,” was published in fall 2022.

November 23, 2022

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Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Image by Tara Teaspoon / Delicious Gatherings

These spiced, glazed sweet potatoes are perfect for a fall gathering or Thanksgiving dinner and can be prepped ahead of time and reheated.

For this stovetop side dish, any type of sweet potato or yam will work, as would butternut or Hubbard squash. I added some spice and heat to the maple butter to bring in a bit of sophistication. Then I skipped toasty marshmallows as the sweet-potato topping and added crunchy, candied pepitas instead. If you don’t have pepitas, you can sub another nut to the spicy, candied topping. This side dish is glorious!


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Spicy Maple Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon Pepitas

Serves 6 to 8



  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)

Sweet potatoes:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 2½ pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons olive or avocado oil