The Ultimate 2-Step Sweet Potato Side Dish

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
Saveur associate food editor Ben Mims loves brown sugar and black pepper together: the pepper provides a pleasant heat, and the sugar brings out the spice's latent sweetness. On a rich and earthy baked potato, the combination is a natural. Below is his favorite recipe featuring the two.
Baked Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar And Black Pepper
Serves 8
8 sweet potatoes
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
Fresh-ground black pepper
Kosher salt, to taste
1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until soft, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
2. Remove potatoes from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Split potatoes open and put 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons sugar into each potato. Season liberally with black pepper. Finish with kosher salt to taste.

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