Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Orange Topping

I’m in a sweet spot. New job that I love, new home in a neighborhood so mood-congruent with who I have always been, and finally two days off in a row. To the kitchen!


 sweet potatos

roasted sweet potatoes and pecan

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Orange Topping

Adapted from Penzeys

1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 decent-sized potatoes)

2 large shallots, thinly sliced

3 TB. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 TB. brown sugar

1 TB. Aleppo pepper


1/4 Cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped

2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel

2 TB. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. coriander

1/2 TB. light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

sweet potato slices

Hope you have as sweet a potato peeler as me.

sweet potato peeler

Preheat oven to 400°. Place the sweet potatoes and shallots in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, brown sugar and Aleppo. Gently stir to evenly coat the sweet potatoes. Bake at 400° until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes. While the sweet potatoes cook, prepare the topping by roasting the pecans and whole coriander seed, then crushing the seeds and combining with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. When the potatoes are ready, place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with the topping. Serve immediately.

Just finished a month on wards and was so lucky to have the best team of medical students, attendings, my co-intern and resident. We celebrated at Johnny Sánchez, wearing the red bolos that are the hallmark of Tulane medicine Red Firm–Yolo Bolo.

team red tulane wards

I got a little choked up that the medical students gifted us with Tulane mugs. Once a teacher, always a teacher.

sweet medical student gift

Haiku #223 August 11th

Last call. You have but

fourteen hours to be my

inpatient. Last call.


Haiku #224 August 12th

Thrilled to have a job

and to live in a city

so mood congruent.


Haiku #225 August 13th

I have nausea

of the eyeballs, also called

Residents Disease.


Haiku #226 August 14th

Skylark by torchlight

Dark empty bottles, lips and

hearts outlined in red.

One thought on “Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan-Orange Topping

  1. Ooh la la, I love that last haiku! 😉 I hope it reflects a romantic evening you and KP shared 🙂 And that sweet potato recipe looks amazing! Speaking of Penzeys, they recently had a part-time retails job in their Uptown (Mpls.) location posted on Craiglist and I was of course quite tempted! The pay was a little under what I can afford to work for at present, unfortunately, but one day it could happen 🙂

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