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"For this dish, I cook the sweet potatoes in a microwave oven while I heat up the broiler. Then I halve the potatoes, rub them with butter, top with maple syrup, and finish them under the broiler."


  • 2 potatoes, large (about 2 pounds) sweet
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup, pure
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground


Serves: 4 servings


Heat the broiler. While it is heating, microwave the potatoes for 8 minutes. They should be cooked through. Split the potatoes lengthwise in half and score the flesh of each half with a knife, cutting a crisscross pattern about 1/2-inch deep. Brush the cut sides with half the butter and top with the maple syrup, salt and pepper.

Arrange the potato halves cut-side up on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and broil about 7 inches from the heat source for 4 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and broil for another 3-4 minutes.

Arrange the potatoes cut-side up on a plate, brush with the remaining butter and serve.

Adapted from "Heart & Soul in the Kitchen" by Jacques Pepin. Copyright © 2015 by Jacques Pepin. Used with permission by Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.