Sweet potatoes are a classic ingredient for side dishes for holiday dinners and instead of going with the usual casserole how about these muffin pan maple pecan sweet potato gratins for a change? The sweet potatoes are sliced and stacked in muffin tins with a tasty maple, butter and cream sauce and topped with pecans before being baked until nice and melt in your mouth good! I like to use a large muffin muffin pan as they are nicely sized for medium sweet potatoes and they make stacks that are perfectly portioned for an individual. These individual muffin pan maple pecan sweet potato gratins are a super easy and irresistibly good side for any dinner!
Muffin Pan Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Gratins
Individual sweet maple pecan sweet potato gratins made in a muffin pan!
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 sweet potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
- 1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
- Heat the mixture of the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, cream and cinnamon in a small sauce pan until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
- Toss the sweet potato slices in the mixture and stack them in a muffin pan pouring the remaining sauce evenly over the stacks before sprinkling on the pecans.
- Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven until the sweet potatoes are tender, the tops are a light golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes.
Option: Instead of a simple nut topping do a nut crumble topping! (1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons melted butter)
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Kevin it sounds delish! On my end it looks like some instruction is missing for the third step.
Maria Lichty says
What a great way to use a muffin tin!
Heather Christo says
wow these are lovely Kevin- very inventive!
julie | table for two says
my hubby would love this mind over these! these are SO super creative!
What size muffin pan is used? These sound wonderful for the holidays. But, I need to know how many slices go into each muffin cup.
Bev: I use a large muffin muffin pan.
Elizabeth Duckworth says
Keven, These look lovely. Your’s seem to have risen in the pan, can you tell me what would make this recipe rise?
This recipe does not rise. Yo can stack the slices of sweet potatoes as high as you like in the muffin pans, I usually go with between 1-2 inches tall.