There are really only a few things that I refuse to eat. Peas and liver are tops. With sweet potatoes being a strong third. Yes, I have lived in the South for almost ten years. However, I just cannot seem to acquire a taste for them. For most, they are a food staple. Not only being served on holidays, but throughout the year in every way imaginable. So, I decided to create a recipe that was sort of a play on the sweet potato casserole. These Maple Roasted Potatoes and Bacon are the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Seriously, one of my new favorite side dishes.
The other day while shopping at my local Fresh Market, I came across this organic maple syrup from Runamok Maple. Yes, it is a bit expensive. However, the taste will blow you away. Additionally, I love every single thing about the company and their mission. They are certified organic. The company treats the land they utilize with respect and continually put forth efforts to reduce their carbon imprint.
Once again, I kind of failed at taking photos throughout the process of making this dish. Mostly because I was busy creating a video. Click here to watch. The video should give you a great idea of how I made these fabulous Maple Roasted Potatoes and Bacon.
HOW TO MAKE MAPLE ROASTED POTATOES AND BACON
First, you can use any kind of potato you desire. I found this bag of petite Yukon gold potatoes at my local grocery store and thought they would work perfectly in this recipe. Cut each in half lengthwise. Start heating up a pot of salted water. Add in the potatoes and allow them to cook just until you can stick a fork in them. This will only take a few minutes. Keep in mind, you are NOT boiling them to the point you would for mashed potatoes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain the potatoes and lay them out on a deep cookie sheet to dry for a few minutes. Dice the thick-cut bacon and mix in with the potatoes. If you have not yet tried Wright’s bacon, please do so. By far one of my favorite brands to use in my recipes, or just eat naturally. I used their hickory smoked bacon here, but I am sure their applewood would also work well.
In a bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and olive oil. Pour on top of the potato/bacon mixture. Mix around to generously coat each piece of potato and bacon. Roast for at least thirty minutes. Be sure to toss around a few times while it is roasting. You are going to wonder if this dish is every going to come together. Believe me, it will. The dish is done when the potatoes are tender and brown, and the diced bacon is super crispy and caramelized.
TO FINISH AND SERVE THE MAPLE ROASTED POTATOES AND BACON
During the final few minutes of roasting, I did increase the heat to 450 degrees just to add a touch more crispiness to the dish. Remove pan from oven. Season immediately with kosher salt. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves. Serve up these fabulous Maple Roasted Potatoes and Bacon in a big bowl as a beautiful compliment to your holiday meal, or any weeknight dinner. ENJOY!
NOTE: When transferring to a bowl, you may find it a bit sticky. This is exactly what you want. As it cools a bit, the bacon will kind of morph into a candy. Speaking of which, be sure to check out my recipe for Candied Bacon. It’s probably the most perfect appetizer for any gathering!
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