Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan

April 15, 2017
Hasselback Sweet potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan. They're crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside and go with any dish

Happy Saturday!

What are you up to this weekend?  We’re ..

Z – August 2016

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hosting April’s Spaghetti Saturday, and dedicating the evening to Z

Admittedly, it’s been a longer than normal week at our house, and we’re really looking forward to seeing everybody.  We’re extra excited to welcome two very special guests.  My husband’s college roommate and his wife are coming all the way from Chicago(!)

In between meatballs and catching up, we’re also setting aside some downtime, to simply be together

After a grueling week of deadlines and demands, grief and sadness, busyness and sleeplessness, we’ve declared an official Time Out. With Harry and Sally at the hospital, recovering from elbow surgery, we feel a little like we used to when grandma and grandpa would take the kids for the weekend

Lunch date?”  I ask

We order comfort food: tomato soup for her, grilled cheese for him.  “A glass of something bubbly?  Of course.  Let’s make that two.”  For the first time all week, a chance to simply sit and talk

To love is to notice, and mostly we spoke of gratitude.  Thank yous for all of the little things we’d been doing for each other; as we struggled together to put one foot in front of the other.  It’s seeing the one taking out the trash, folding the laundry, checking the oil, running the errand, and cooking dinner at the end of the day.

It’s resisting the temptation to allow the division of labor to turn into a division of hearts.  It’s the act of noticing the small acts of ordinary service, and to hear I love you, each and every time.  It’s offering  up your own great acts of ordinary service, in order

to say it back

I wish for you a happy and peaceful weekend ahead.  I hope your minutes are spent with the people (and creatures) you love.  As we all know, life is so very short


Hasselback Sweet potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan. They're crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside and go with any dish

Today, a few fun links from around the web

16 Recipes for Hummus (the best dip there ever was)     [via Bon Appetit]

Inside Mimi Kirk’s Raw Kitchen. She may be approaching 80, but her enduring health (+ stunning skin!) should have us all feeling good about growing older    [via The Chalkboard]

This is genius. How to get kids to eat broccoli (or any veggie, really)     [via Sprouted Kitchen]

Meditation studios are popping up everywhere.  Does your city have one?  (I wish ours did!)     [via The Washington Post]

Emma Roberts started a book club and (of course) it’s here on Instagram     [via Swiss Miss]

Related:  Girls at the Library. About women who read, for women who read     [via Girls At the Library]

Made me smile – This guy makes sweaters of places and then takes pictures of himself wearing the sweaters at those places     [via imgur]

Hasselback Sweet potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan. They're crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside and go with any dish

Nine amazing podcast episodes     [via The New York Times]

Related:  From the producers of This American Life and Serial, a new true crime podcast:  S-Town – A new true crime podcast. The narrative? A “nasty feud and a hunt for hidden treasure”  If you waved to me while I was on my walk and I wasn’t paying attention?  Now you’ll know why

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but if you haven’t subscribed to the New York Times Cooking newsletter, please rectify. Trust me; it will pretty soon be the highlight of your day

I’m always up for a good list.  Even if we can’t make it to them all, I bet their online menus would be a great inspiration:  The World’s 50 Best Restaurants     [via GQ]

Or, if you’re here in Iowa:  The Top 10 Burgers of 2017     [via The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association]

How to support our gut’s ecosystem after a round of antibiotics     [The Chalkboard]

Do you have Melissa Clark’s new cookbook Dinner?  It’s what I’m opening next in my kitchen

Hasselback Sweet potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan. They're crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside and go with any dish

Hasselback sweet potatoes make a wonderful addition to your dinner table any time of year

Crispy on the outside and fork-tender on the inside, they look amazing on the plate and taste even betterIt’s a side that goes with anything:  chicken, meat, seafood, a big salad, or as a meal on their own

At our house, we’re partial to thyme, but feel free to change it out for whichever herbs you might have on hand from the rest of your meal.  Rosemary, chives, or sage would be great.  If you’re watching your sugar intake, simply leave it out and give them a good drizzling of olive oil or butter instead

A quick note about cutting them.  Admittedly, it can be tricky to cut them 3/4 of the way through.  I found that if I make my first cuts about half-way deep, I can go back and finish the job after they’ve softened in the oven a while



~ Adapted from Williams and Sonoma

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil + more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 small sweet potatoes


  • Preheat an oven to 400° F
  • Line a square baking pan with aluminum foil

  • Topping
  • In a small bowl, add the olive oil and brown sugar. Combine
  • Add the garlic, pecans, thyme, pinch sea salt and a grind of black pepper
  • Fold in ½ cup Parmesan
  • Set aside

  • Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
  • Using a sharp knife, cut each sweet potato crosswise into ⅛" slices, cutting only three-fourths of the way through the potatoes, so they stay intact
  • Place the potatoes, sliced side up, in the prepared baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper
  • Roast until the potatoes are browned on the outside and tender in the center, 50 to 60 minutes, sprinkle the topping over the potatoes during the last 10 minutes of roasting
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the remaining ½ cup cheese.
  • Let cool slightly before serving
Serves: 6
Nutrition + Show
Calories 295
Total Fat 21.2g
Saturated Fat 4.3g
Carbohydrates 22g
Fiber 2.6g
Sugars 11.3g
Protein 6.7g
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  • Reply Ellie April 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Oh my! I’ve seen those kind of roast potatoes on Pinterest before but I’ve never tried to make them, they look so delicious!


  • Reply harshraj April 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Mouthwatering dish with very good photographs. Nicely narrated the recipe and method of preparing!

  • Reply Sarah April 16, 2017 at 1:12 am

    The sweet potatoes look amazing, I have made normal potatoes like this before, but using sweet potatoes look amazing.

  • Reply Lindsey April 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I have never tried hasselback potatoes before and these look heavenly, cryunch yet soft. Plus they do not take alot of effort to whip up, great with a dollop of cream or served with fish?!?

  • Reply Louisa April 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    This looks like a creative and delicious dish. Would be a great Thanksgiving or Christmas dish.

  • Reply Viktoria April 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Oh yes, gimmie ! I love Hasselbeck potatoes (and are starving right now!)

  • Reply Rodanthi Dimou April 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    5 stars
    It sounds like a difficult week went by, so you definitely deserve some time to relax. Hosting friends is a good idea, it gives you a chance to take your mind off things. I love cooking for friends! As for those sweet potatoes, they look absolutely delicious. A great addition at any meal! 🙂

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Aw you definitely need some relaxation hun, you are such a hard worker and I know you have been through a lot at the moment. Glad you could spend time with the ones that you love, these sweet potato recipe looks delicious x

    Crispy and tender

  • Reply Dustin April 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    This sounds delicious! I really like that you added thyme. Such a great recipe. Will be trying this!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 17, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    I hope you had a beautiful weekend. We all need some time to catch up with the people that we love especially if it’s been a rough week for everyone. A lunch date is always in order if that’s the case.

  • Reply Censie Sawyer April 17, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    What a great recipe. We have done Hasselback potatoes but not with sweet potatoes. YUM> going to have to try it this way too. Parm and THyme – yes please!

  • Reply Erinn S April 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    I have just recently Egan to acquire the taste for sweets potato and this looks fantastic. I am saving the recipe for later

  • Reply Fran April 18, 2017 at 4:32 am

    5 stars
    I have never had sweet potatoes served this way! Oh my goodness, it looks so good and so mouth watering. I am saving the recipe and making this for dinner on Friday. We’ll be having slow cooker BBQ ribs on Friday and this hasselback sweet potatoes would be the perfect side dish!

  • Reply Kathy Myers April 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    This looks amazing, although my husband doesn’t eat Parmesan cheese I have to get creative! I could do his with something else!

  • Reply Jessica April 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Our family loves sweet potatoes! This recipe for them looks amazing. I will be trying this out very soon!

  • Reply Crystal April 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I have been wanting to make my own hasselback potatoes. This recipe looks and sounds amazing! I love the simplicity of this recipe but yet the flavors are a great combo. Have to make!

  • Reply Laura April 18, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Oh wow this sounds DELICIOUS! I love sweet potato but I would never think to cook them this way! I am definitely going to give them a try this weekend!

  • Reply Tonya April 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    I love sweet potatoes! Truly, yummy. I like that you added the pecans. I would never have thought about thyme and parmesan. I’ll have to give it a shot.

  • Reply Jess April 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    My mum makes hasselback potatoes, but I don’t think I’ve ever had hassleback SWEET potatoes – they look delicious. I hope you enjoyed them! I’m so sorry to hear about Z, it’s the hardest thing in the world to lose a furry friend. Sending lots of love and hugs your way, and hoping your weekend entertaining friends is exactly what it needs to be: happy, healthy, filled and with love! You deserve a great weekend!


  • Reply Kiwi April 19, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Wow this is a different way to eat sweet potatoes! My mom loves them and it look healthy and I like there is a sugar alternative with the olive oil. I dont use a lot of thyme but I would love to see how it would taste with this.

  • Reply Anton April 19, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I just had sweet potatoes for lunch and they were terrible! Wish i had seen your recipe before i started. I usually just boil them but i think the batch i got was spoilt so they never turned soft.

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy April 19, 2017 at 5:29 am

    ‘To love is to notice’ what a great attitude to send the message of our love toward others. The recipe is not only delicious but it’s quite inspiring!

  • Reply Celestial April 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Great list. I’m not a big sweet potato fan but it does look yummy. I’m glad you added links for multiple recipes. I’ll definitely visit them

  • Reply Ritu Sharma April 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    4 stars
    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, the images are mouth-watering.
    Will try it.

  • Reply Carol Cassara April 19, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    A time to slow down and just let yourself breathe, that’s exactly what we need when we’ve had it rough for a few days or weeks. I hope you feel better emotionally soon.

  • Reply David Elliott April 19, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    I’m not a big fan of sweet potatoes but these look yummy. I might just have to try theseones out.

  • Reply Lori Bosworth April 20, 2017 at 8:09 am

    This sweet potato recipe looks so good; the type of recipe to serve when company’s coming. I love that they are served sliced since it looks so much more elegant. Parmesan and pecans seem like they would be a great complement to sweet potatoes!

  • Reply Tamara April 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    A Time Out is always a good idea. I hope you have a restful weekend!
    It’s funny because I love potatoes in any fashion, but I’ve never loved sweet potatoes – which are healthier! That said, I think I don’t love them when they’re too sweet but this looks savory and delicious. I love all the accompanying ingredients. And it looks gorgeous.

  • Reply Betty April 20, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I have seen Hasselback potatoes but never sweet potatoes! It’s a fairly simple recipe except the knife work… cutting the potato into such thin pieces and doing so consistently is difficult! You did it beautifully!!!

  • Reply Prateek Goel April 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. I have never tasted it! But Now I have to give it a chance. Didn’t know about hasselback potatoes!!

  • Reply Paula Schuck April 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing! I have yet to try a hassleback sweet potato so this recipe will be a great start. Thank you!

  • Reply Krystal April 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    5 stars
    Your photos are gorgeous – I need to give these a try! I have never made hasselback potatoes on my own, but I love the twist by using sweet potatoes. I prefer those to white potatoes any day!

  • Reply Vera April 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing! I never made my sweet potatoes this way but now I MUST try it. It looks so amazing.

  • Reply Tiina A April 20, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve been frying and baking in the oven diced sweet potatoes lately as it has become my new favourite vegetable. Thanks for this deliious sounding recipe – I will def make it this Saturday!

  • Reply Stephanie Jeannot April 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I love both pecans and sweet potatoes so I’d love this. Reminds me somewhat of candied yams in a sense. Sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Elisabete April 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    This sweet potatoes look so tasty, I’ll have to try this recipe. Life is really short and time seems to fly at the best moments of it

  • Reply Tina Butler April 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    I love the name of your blog. <3 and I love sweet potatoes and pecans. I have never tried the regular hasselbeck potatos, but sweet potatoes are more up my alley anyhow. I am new to your blog and I just love your photography.

  • Reply Tina Butler April 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I love the name of your blog. <3 and I love sweet potatoes and pecans. I have never tried the regular hasselbeck potatoes, but sweet potatoes are more up my alley anyhow. I am new to your blog and I just love your photography.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor April 21, 2017 at 4:57 am

    5 stars
    These Hasselback sweet potatoes with thyme, pecans, and parmesan sound so good. I have never made sweet potatoes like this but I am going to have to try this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  • Reply Foteini K April 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    5 stars
    Woohoo! I bought a sweet potatoe the other day and I was wondering how to cook it! You gave me a great Idea ♥

  • Reply Joely Smith April 21, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    5 stars
    The instant I saw this I knew I HAD to make it! You just took four of my favourite things and put them together to perfection!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch April 21, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    This looks so delicious and easy to make. We love to eat sweet potatoes a few times a week. I am sure this recipe will be a big hit.

  • Reply Anosa April 22, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Looks so deliciously made! Thanks for this post, you gave me another idea to try out over the weekends.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury April 22, 2017 at 1:22 am

    These potatoes look so yummy, I’ve never made these before but I really need to x

  • Reply Georgia April 22, 2017 at 5:12 am

    These potatoes look truly delicious! It never occured to me that I can cut it in this way into slices and spice them up!

  • Reply Faith April 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

    5 stars
    It looks so good! I can’t wait to try it and get that beautiful taste! thanks for sharing I love your blog.

  • Reply Emma April 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    First of all, your pictures are fantastic! Secondly, those sweet potatoes look fantastic!! I have tried to make hasselback potatoes in the past – and failed miserably! I have no idea why since they seem relatively easy to make. I’m thinking I chose the wrong potatoes for the recipe!

  • Reply Marcie W. April 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

    5 stars
    I have really been trying to up our sweet potato intake since they are so much more nutrient dense than their standard cousin. This tasty recipe seems like one our entire family would enjoy!

  • Reply Alma May April 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Wow! These sweet potatoes makes my tummy hungry. They look delicious!

  • Reply Katie Kinsley April 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Sweet potatoes are becoming a staple in our household as of late. I would love to try to spruce them up with these seasonings.

  • Reply Rachel April 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

    These sound amazing. I’m a big fan of sweet potatoes so I’m going to bookmark this page and give them a try. Thanks!

  • Reply Martine April 23, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    This looks so good and not too hard to make! Thank you for this delicious treat!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey April 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I’ve recently been loving sweet potato and this sound like the most delicious way to eat them. I shall have to give it a whirl.

  • Reply Jaime Nicole April 24, 2017 at 5:21 am

    These looks beautiful AND tasty! I love the combination of the thyme and the parmesan.

  • Reply Jenn April 24, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I will eat sweet potatoes pretty much anyway their are prepared. This recipe sounds fantastic.

  • Reply Amy April 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    5 stars
    You have such amazing photos! I love the presentation of the sweet potatoes! It looks amazing and delicious with the parmesan and pecans!

  • Reply Roger Willis April 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    5 stars
    Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan…..What an interesting combination! I love sweet potatoes and pecans! I use thyme quite a bit when I cook meals with chicken. This sounds delicious! I may have to try this sometime with my wife!

  • Reply Mimi Green April 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I’ve never had sweet potato serves this way but I love the presentation. I’m looking forward to trying this. I have a few sweet potatoes in my pantry.

  • Reply Yona Williams April 24, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had pecans and Parmesan in one dish together. I love dressing up sweet potatoes; they are very versatile…and healthy to eat. This just looks like such an appetizing side.

  • Reply Victoria Heckstall April 24, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Thyme, Pecans and Parmesan | Our twist on a Thanksgiving favorite! We top sweet potatoes with a savory, nutty topping of fresh thyme, Parmesan cheese and pecans.

  • Reply E H April 25, 2017 at 3:25 am

    This dish looks exceptional! I absolutely love sweet potatoes, and I have heard of hasselback potatoes, but I haven’t thought of combining the two recipes – what a great idea! I love how well you managed to cut these potatoes – just so perfectly! Makes for a stunning picture, and makes me want to eat these! Lucky I actually have 2 potatoes that could work for this recipe – they are sweet! I was planning on making my favorite side dish with them, but I might just go for this one!

  • Reply Brandi H April 25, 2017 at 3:33 am

    That recipe sounds amazing! I know once I show my husband, he’ll want me to make it. He’s a huge sweet potato fan.

  • Reply Dusica (Didi) April 29, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I’ve tried this and is so delicious. I had my parents coming and did pumpkin soup and prepared the potatoes two ways – with parmesan and thyme and also with a tiny slice of cheese. They enjoyed it. Definitely, the secret is in the spices.

  • Reply Karen Jolly May 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Oh! I love to eat Hasselback Sweet Potatoes especially when they are baked.

  • Reply Chelsea Elizabeth May 2, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    This dish looks absolutely divine! I’m not adventurous enough to try this myself but it does look very tasty!

  • Reply Melanie May 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes, they are really good for you. This sounds like an interesting recipe I haven’t had them like that before. I love the addition of the garlic and thyme.

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