I’ve always been a huge fan of putting a fun spin on traditional holiday dishes. Last year, we made a bacon wrapped turkey for Thanksgiving (and YES, it was just as delicious as it sounds), and I’ve also been known to make cranberry pear sauce, garlic mashed cauliflower, and pumpkin pie parfaits.
I love taking the standard dishes and adding unique touches on them, making them more fun and tastier than ever. I’m going to introduce you to the Smoky Candied Bacon Sweet Potatoes, and prepare to be amazed!
My new favorite cookbook is called Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion. This cookbook is so incredible, because it breaks down the major holidays one by one and provides an entire menu for them. It’s such a great idea, and with all of the recipes being grain free, paleo and dairy free, I’m so excited to be able to try every recipe from it!
I’m sure you can already guess that these smoky candied bacon sweet potatoes are just as amazing as they sound. I love sweet potatoes because they are so good for you, and they’re a great starch to fill you up without spiking your insulin like the white potatoes.
This recipe has some amazing flavors with the smoky chili powder and the bacon, combined with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are such a versatile food, and I love finding new ways to cook them!
Smoky Candied Bacon Sweet Potatoes
Smoky candied bacon sweet potatoes are a deliciously sweet and spicy holiday side dish alternative.
- 3 pounds sweet potatoes scrubbed
- 6 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 cup pecans coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
Toss them with the bacon, pecans, maple syrup, chili powder, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne in a bowl.
Spread in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Roast for 20 minutes.
Stir and continue roasting for 15 minutes, or until tender.
Turn the oven to broil and brown the potatoes for an additional 5 minutes.
Watch the nuts closely and pull the baking sheets out early if they begin to burn.
This recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table with it’s delicious and funky spin on the traditional sweet potato dishes.
What are your favorite alternative side dishes for holiday meals?
*I was given the book Celebrations by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.