Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate

Sliced Sweet Potatoes are baked in a spiced orange maple glaze and sprinkled with juicy, bright pomegranate arils. It is a gorgeous, colorful Thanksgiving side dish that is a little bit more on the healthier side without sacrificing flavor.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate - Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipe

I made this Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate recipe 2 years ago for Thanksgiving and just recently was reminded of it as I was going through the photos on my computer in attempt to clean things up a bit.

When I look back on that Thanksgiving I remember how much I felt like my cup had been filled. It was still a new thing for me to sometimes not have my kids for Thanksgiving as, at the time, a single mom.

The previous year (3 years ago), I had no kids home and I was invited over to have Thanksgiving with some people I knew, but not well, and I was the only divorced adult in attendance, as well as the only adult in attendance with no kids. I felt really alone and awkward.

Fast forward to the next year (2 years ago). I had my kids home with me and my house full of wonderful neighbor friends, most of them new friends that I had met during the last year.

I can still remember the week of prep work that my friend Bekah and I put into the meal: figuring out what we wanted to make, grocery shopping together, doing prep work together in each other’s kitchens, Bekah’s husband smoking the Rosemary Beer Brined Turkey Breasts for us in their Traeger, and then Bekah and I finishing up all the cooking the day of at my home before everyone came over for the meal.

It had snowed that day and it was like the most picture perfect Thanksgiving Day. The food all turned out amazing, even the new recipes that we had experimented with, like these Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate, and everyone honestly LOVED everything.

I admit, it always feels a little good to hear people say things like “this is the best Thanksgiving meal I’ve had,” or “I’ve never had turkey (or stuffing or green beans or whatever!) that were this good before!” all while everyone is chatting, Christmas tunes are playing in the background, and everyone is having a genuinely great time. Oh, and the kids weren’t acting crazy at all.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate - Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipe

After spending the previous year basically alone for the holiday, I could not have asked for a better, and more heartwarming turn around the next year. It was the perfect way to get me out of the whole single parent holiday slump.

For some reason it gave me the extra energy burst I needed to photograph a few of the recipes ON THANKSGIVING DAY (because that is what normal people do, right?) and I’m so glad that I did because this recipe is one of them and I’m finally getting around to sharing it.

Those single parenting holiday seasons are gone now, but I am so thankful that my last year living that life was such a full and joyous holiday season. None of my neighbors allowed me to feel alone or forgotten through it all.

I hosted again last year, but this time with Kevin and his kids as part of the group, and it was so fun to have our fist Thanksgiving together as a family of 6 in our brand new home that we had only been living in for about 3 weeks at that time. The holidays always have me looking back a bit at how quickly life can change and how fast it can become so much better.

About these Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate…I thought that this was a fun and different way to serve sweet potatoes. Bekah and I didn’t really want to make yams with a marshmallow topping so we opted for this recipe instead. It has tons of flavor yet it feels a lot lighter to eat. Plus, I love how colorful that it is when the table is set.

If you can find the already seeded pomegranate arils, I definitely recommend using those because it just makes the whole process a little bit easier. And then, for the most part, this recipe can be prepped ahead if you want or need to do that.

More Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes

If you’re looking for additional sweet potato inspiration for your Thanksgiving Menu this year, here are a few other favorite recipes. Be sure to check out the whole Thanksgiving Recipes Archive right here if you need help building the rest of your menu.

Cubed sweet potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper are roasted and then tossed generously with fresh garlic and sage. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic and Sage make a great side for your Thanksgiving meal.

Maple Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts the kind of vegetable side dish that has everyone asking for seconds! The veggies are coated in a blend of butter, maple syrup and ground chipotle pepper. After roasting, both the sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and sweet spicy all over.

These Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls have a beautiful golden, orange color that brightens up the dinner table. Sweet Potato Dinner rolls are versatile too. Not only are they great for dinner, but my kids loved these rolls in place of regular bread for cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast.

What is your favorite sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving?

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate

Yield: serves 8 - 10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Sliced Sweet Potatoes are baked in a spiced orange maple glaze and sprinkled with juicy, bright pomegranate arils. It is a gorgeous, colorful Thanksgiving side dish that is a little bit more on the healthier side without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon Melted Butter, divided
  • 6 tablespoons Orange Juice, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Pomegranate Juice, room temperature
  • zest of 1 Orange
  • 1/4 cup Real Maple Syrup, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch
  • 4 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Arils

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease a casserole dish with half of the butter, reserving the rest for the next step.

In a 2 cup glaze measuring cup, combine the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter, the orange juice, pomegranate juice, orange zest, maple syrup, vanilla extract, kosher salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cornstarch. Whisk until mixture is combined and completely smooth without any lumps. Then, set aside.

Arrange all of the sweet potato slices standing up (as pictured in the recipe photo), don't worry they don't have to be perfect, just fit them all in.

Pour the prepared orange juice mixture over top, then sprinkle with the pomegranate arils.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Then, remove the foil and continue baking for another 15 - 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the potatoes are tender.

Notes:

This recipe can be prepped up to the baking step the day before if needed.

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