‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Whenever I’m wanting something a little “sluttier” for a meal I always look to starchy veggies and bacon — turkey or pork will do — or a poached egg as an add-in (throwing one over a salad makes a world of difference).
The sweetness of the maple and potatoes and the saltiness of the bacon in this dish makes for a delicious, gooey and rich combination. You can use regular sweet potatoes, purple sweet potatoes, or a combination of both. I tend to prefer the purple, as they are a bit less sweet and less dense. They can be hard to find, however, so you can stick with their more-findable orange cousin if need be.
‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon Recipe
- 2 small orange sweet potatoes
- 2 small purple sweet potatoes
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 pieces uncured turkey bacon (pork works too)
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 TB fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 TB olive oil
- 1 TB pure maple syrup
– Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
– Peel, clean and dry sweet potatoes. Cut into approximately 1-inch pieces.
– Cook bacon strips in cast iron skillet over medium heat until slightly undercooked. Chop into 1-inch pieces and set bacon aside, but leave grease from the bacon in pan.
– Cook onions in bacon grease until soft and translucent; set aside.
– Arrange potatoes in a baking sheet. Add garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and oil; toss to coat. Move to oven.
– After cooking for approximately 25 minutes, add bacon, maple syrup and onions. Continue cooking until potatoes are soft enough to be easily pierced with a fork, approximately another 15 minutes.
– Serve warm. Yum 🙂