Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Fennel


In this delicious vegetable pan roast, sweet potatoes are tossed with fennel wedges and then roasted until tender and carmelized. Slideshow: Delicious, Quick Side Dishes Plus: Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide 

Pan-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Fennel
Photo: © Lucy Schaeffer


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

  • 4 fennel bulbs, halved lengthwise and cut into 3/4-inch wedges, some of the feathery tops finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a bowl, toss the sweet potato chunks and fennel wedges with the olive oil, brown sugar and mace; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Spread the vegetables in a large nonstick roasting pan. Roast for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes and fennel are tender and caramelized. Transfer them to a platter, sprinkle with the fennel tops and serve.

Make Ahead

The roasted vegetables can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat in a 400° oven before serving.


One Serving Calories 211 kcal, Total Fat 6.2 gm, Saturated Fat 1 gm.

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