Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh — these Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes are all of that, and then some! Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato RecipeSometimes I methodically plan out what I’m going to cook for you.  Sometimes days in advance.  Sometimes weeks in advance.  Not this time.

It was only after I took the sweet potatoes out of the oven, when I saw their beautiful orange, soft “meat” fluff up with a fork, that I thought it should be shared. Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that! However, although they’re super tasty on their own, I couldn’t just share the potato, I had to mix it with a few other flavors and textures. This was going to be fun!Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that! I remembered I had bacon and Gruyère in the fridge. That was exciting! Perfect, in fact.  Well, almost perfect.

I just needed one more thing that would bring all of this rich deliciousness to life, something fresh, something green. Ahhh, basil!  That was it. Then it would be perfect.Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that! And it was.

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Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato Recipe
 
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All of the measurements in this recipe can be give or take -- it does not have to be exact!
Serves: 6 as a side
Ingredients
  • olive oil for the pan
  • 3 small to medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 4 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 dozen large basil leaves, washed, dried and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • sprinkle of chile powder (mild or hot, depending on what you like)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and adjust a rack to the center.
  2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil. Then evenly sprinkle the oil with salt and pepper.
  3. Wash and dry the sweet potatoes, and then cut them in half, lengthwise. Place them on the oiled and seasoned parchment-lined sheet pan, round side up. Roast them in the preheated 375 degree F oven until they are super soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, add a layer of paper towel to a plate and set aside. Then add the bacon to a large sauté pan, over medium heat, and cook until it's crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Let the bacon strips drain on the towel-lined plate.
  5. Crumble the bacon and mix it with the basil.
  6. Once you remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, use a fork to gently mash the them inside of their skins. (Keep the oven on!) Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!
  7. Top each one with an equal portion of the basil-bacon mixture.Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!
  8. Now top each one with an equal portion of the cheese, drizzle all of them with the honey and sprinkle each with a touch of the chile powder. Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!
  9. Place the sheet pan in the 375 degree F oven just to melt the cheese and bring the flavors together, about 5 minutes.Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potato -- Comforting, sweet, savory, creamy & fresh -- this recipe is all of that!
  10. Serve!

 

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  1. says

    I ask you, what could be better than this? Mark is a baked sweet potato junky now (wouldn’t touch them when we met 22 years ago!!). Dinner one night this week! (Really, I am not kidding!)

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