The Good, The Bad and The Delicious!
I have to say The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was one of my husband’s favorite movies. He loves Clint Eastwood and actually wanted to name our first son, Clint. I vetoed that right away because I imaged seeing a baby walking around in cowboy boots, hat and a stick horse saying yee haw.
Come fall, and I start thinking sweet potatoes sound pretty good on any menu. How many ways have you done sweet potatoes? I have mashed, of course, and have folded the mashed sweet potatoes into mashed white potatoes, very pretty and good. Who hasn’t made sweet potatoes with marshmallows all toasted on top or a nut crumb topping. Other than those recipes, I have baked sweet potato wedges with olive oil and rosemary and that’s about it.
These sweet potato fries are “Good, Bad and Delicious”. Of course, everyone knows that sweet potatoes are good for you. They are full of Vitamin C, B6, complex carbs, fiber and beta carotene. The bad part is the bacon. BUT, it’s so little bacon and unless you eat the whole pan of potatoes, I think you’ll will be ok.
This recipe actually came from one of my daughter’s paelo websites. I can’t say I have a paelo lifestyle (far from it) but these potatoes are delicious. I made a few adjustments and added a sage leaf out of my herb garden and some maple syrup on the plate for dipping. And, when I put one in one of my Asian soup spoons with a syrup for dipping, I thought — Wow, another Amuse Bouche recipe. Or, just make a big pan full and pile them on a platter and watch them disappear.
Some of these I used a toothpick to hold the bacon on and some I just used more bacon so it would cover more of the sweet potato. Hope you will try some of these for your next party. Everyone knows that bacon in/on anything makes it taste oh so good.
Put the bacon wrapped potatoes on a cooling rack in a pan with an edge to catch the bacon drippings.
Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
2 or more sweet potatoes
fresh sage leaves, optional
bacon, room temperature
maple syrup, optional
Wash and dry the sweet potatoes. Cut into thick slices then into 3/4″ sticks. Lay a sage leaf on top of each sweet potato stick towards the end. Wrap 1/2-1 piece of bacon around each stick depending on how big the potato stick is.
Bake in 375° oven for 15-20 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned.
Put on platter and serve with a small dish of pure maple syrup for dipping.