Savory Apple Bacon Sweet Potatoes

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away!  Surely I’m not the only one who has started thinking about what I’m going to take to our family get-togethers.  I’ve mentioned before how much I love sweet potatoes.  Don’t get me wrong – I love the sweet, buttery, brown sugary, pecan topped sweet potato casserole traditionally found on the Thanksgiving table.  It’s practically like dessert.  But sometimes, I really like to make sweet potatoes savory and just do something different.  Not to mention a little healthier.  I mean, let’s face it.  While the dessert-like brown sugar and butter sweet potato casserole is pretty tasty, it’s not doing your waistline any favors.  This recipe is a lot healthier and still full of flavor.  You can save the calories for pie!

This is an easy and savory spin on a sweet potato casserole that is sure to wow your family.  I guarantee they’ve never had sweet potatoes like this.  The turkey bacon and onions really bring out a delicious, hearty flavor, while allowing the natural sweetness of the potato to shine through.  And it’s all complimented by the apples and  a little bit of cinnamon.  It’s not a combination you would probably normally think of, but it all works so harmoniously together.

I made this last year at Christmas, and it was a huge hit!  I made it again this week for some friends who came over for dinner, and one who didn’t even like sweet potatoes liked this.  Give this one a try this holiday season and see what your family thinks!

Apple Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 7 slices turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes (2 large), peeled, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 2 apples, chopped (I used Golden Delicious and left the skins on)
  • 1/2 cup  apple juice
  • 1 tsp.  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup  chopped pecans
Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat, cook onions and bacon  7 to 8 minutes, or until onions are crisp-tender.

Place potatoes and apples in 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Add apple juice, cinnamon, salt and pepper; mix lightly. Top with onion and bacon mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes (depending on how large your chunks of potatoes are).

Remove from the oven and top with nuts.  Bake an additional 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Enjoy!