I would not dare try to recreate my aunt’s flawless casserole, but when I am kind of craving it, this simple side dish of Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes does the trick.
She makes an amazing sweet potato casserole recipe on Thanksgiving.
And it’s one of the main reasons I look forward to Thanksgiving each year.
How to Make Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
I roast 3 sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, let them cool and remove the skins.
If you cut them in half they will cool a little faster.
You’ll be surprised how easily the skins just peel right off.
A Tbsp or two of butter (I use one, but use more if you like), kosher salt, pepper, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cumin, and cinnamon and just mash all together with a fork.
There’s just something extra special about the combo of the cumin with the cinnamon in my opinion.
It’s so, so good just like this…but adding real maple syrup, bacon, and candied pecan pieces just makes this side dish on a whole new level.
Maple and sweet potatoes are a match made in heaven, the bacon and pecans add a crunchy texture…and plus bacon just makes everything better.
Serve husband and kids sweet potatoes= meh (and maybe a slight eye roll from the teens)
Serve husband and kids Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes = smiles and applause (I may be exaggerating on the applause, but they happily devoured it and I even got a compliment so that’s applaus
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Maple Bacon Mashed Sweet Potatoes
A light and delicious side dish made with mashed sweet potatoes and topped with bacon
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1-2 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- kosher salt, pepper
- 1/2 cup bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup pecans or candied pecans
Roast sweet potatoes in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes. Let cool and remove skins.
In a bowl with the peeled sweet potatoes add butter (your call, 1 or 2 Tbsp depending how buttery you like), brown sugar, cumin, cinnamon, kosher salt, and pepper. Mash together with a fork.
When serving top with bacon, maple syrup, and pecans.