Fall/Winter Savory Sweet Potatoes

by Her Happy Balance on December 19, 2012

Warning: This contains bacon and therefore will be mouthwateringly awesome.

I am old. Okay fine, I am not old yet, but my joints are achey after working out and I have a big kid job. That’s old right? Oh and I swallow my vitamins…they’re not gummy. So, being old-ish and what not, I decided it was about time that I contribute to Thanksgiving dinner. What to make, what to make? Growing up I never ate sweet potatoes..but they’re the epitome of fall comfort food, right? Okay, sweet potatoes it is! So I searched high and low (the internet) for an awesome recipe and this is what I came up with:

Sweet Potatoes Glazed with Maple Syrup and Loaded with Bacon (Bit of a mouthful, huh? Pun intended.)

4 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 Small Onion

4 Strips of Bacon

1 cup Pure Maple Syrup

1 tbsp Fresh Thyme

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Peel the sweet potatoes and whatever you do, DO NOT put the peels down the garbage disposal. Why you ask? Just ask my boyfriend. I’m not saying I broke his disposal or anything…I mean I’m sure it was on its way out…but I’m pretty sure I made mashed sweet potatoes in the machine’s core. Did I mention I did this on the night he was studying for a big grad school exam? Oh okay then, good, just forget I mentioned it then. Anyway, after the peels are safely in the trash, cut the sweet potatoes into 1 inch pieces. Put the pieces into a large baking dish and drizzle olive oil over them and stir them around until they are evenly coated. Grind some fresh ground pepper and sprinkle them with a little bit of salt, I like to use coarse salt like kosher or sea salt. It is really up to you as to whether or not you want to cover the dish or leave it uncovered while baking. I usually leave the dish uncovered, I like the potatoes to really roast (like Charlie Sheen did, too corny?). Bake them for 20 minutes then stir them around and put them back in for another 20 minutes. In the meantime, cook the bacon in a pan on the stove until crispy and brown.  Remove the bacon and put it aside, but keep the bacon grease in the pan. Chop up the onion and sauté it in the bacon fat until cooked through.  I usually only like the onion to become translucent, but if you are looking to capitalize on a sweet dish, leave it in a little longer to caramelize. Remove the onions and set aside with the bacon. Now pour your maple syrup into the hot pan and let it come to a boil.  You can add your thyme now too. Let the syrup/thyme cook until the syrup is reduced by half its volume (most of the water boils off). Then mix all the ingredients together and Voila! Ready to serve.

Here's what they looked like!

Here’s what they looked like!

They’d be great for a Christmas dinner too! You may need to put in a little extra gym time to work it off though 😉

Thoughts??

What dish are you responsible for during the holidays?

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The Classy Bee December 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

Great post-this might solve my “what to bring for Christmas” problem!!…and I too am a big kid that swallows my vitamins lol High fives for growing up!

Her Happy Balance December 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

Thank you! 🙂 Let me know how the recipe goes for you!

jumpeatrun December 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

Those look amazing, but I would have to leave out the bacon. My boyfriend is Italian, so every year we go to his parents for the traditional 7 fishes dinner. Since we just moved to Denver, we are staying here this year and making all the fish ourselves. Should be interesting 🙂
I am also in charge of making many many cookies!

Her Happy Balance December 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

I’ve always wanted to try a seven fishes dinner! Please let the blogging world know how that goes 🙂 Good luck with the cookies too!

Running In Heels December 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

OMG girl those look so delicious!!

Her Happy Balance December 19, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks chica..it’s the bacon!

jessiebearwhat December 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

No gummy vitamins is for sure a sign you’re old! (jk). Those sweet potatoes look delish!

Her Happy Balance December 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I miss my Flintstone chewable vitamin days! And thank you!

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