Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Dried Cherries & Pecans


Dried cherries and nuts give this healthy sweet potato side dish recipe a traditional feel. The addition of some bacon for lushness and Aleppo pepper for a little bite really kicks things up.

Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds small sweet potatoes, peeled if desired

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari

  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper (see Tip)

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons dried sour cherries

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Halve sweet potatoes lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Heat 1 tablespoon each oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the sweet potatoes and cook, turning once, until starting to brown in spots, 2 to 4 minutes total. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, turning frequently, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl; cover to keep warm. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining butter and sweet potatoes. Transfer to the bowl and keep covered.

  2. Meanwhile, combine honey, tamari, Aleppo pepper, turmeric, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and bacon to the pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the bacon is crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the honey mixture and simmer, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

  4. Return the sweet potatoes to the pan along with cherries and nuts; toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Tips: Named for the Syrian town, crushed dried Aleppo pepper has a moderate heat with a hint of fruity tang. Use it as you would other crushed chile peppers. Find it in specialty markets and from online spice purveyors.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
10g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2/3 cup each
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 8g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Vitamin A 13467IU 269%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 5mcg 1%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 352mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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