‘Almost Paleo’ Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Paleo Sweet potatoesWhenever 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 🙂

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