One of my favorite savory sweet potato recipes of all time, this comforting, creamy & fresh preparation, is a meal in and of itself. Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes are a super fun sweet potato dish that everyone will love! Sometimes 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. I just knew something special was abot to be made.However, although they’re super tasty on their own, I couldn’t just share the potato. I mean, come on.
I had to mix it with a few other flavors and textures.
This was going to be fun and delicious.
In addition to the fabulous flavor, I love that you can make sweet or savory sweet potato recipes. They work so beautifully in both desserts and dishes that are perfectly suited for lunch or dinner.
Bacon! I was so happy I remembered I had just a few strips left after our lazy weekend breakfast.Then I remembered I had Gruyère in the cheese drawer. My favorite cheese! When Gruyère melts it’s super creamy and has a nut-lilke taste that would go really well with the subtly sweet, sweet potatoes.
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.
And it was. Just look at how the bright green brings this entire dish together — to life, if you will.
And that’s exactly what happened — these Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes came together step-by-step, minute-by-minute. I was totally improvising as I went along, and the result was scrumptious.
And if the Bacon Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes sound good to you, you’ll love these savory sweet potato recipes too . . .
- Skillet Spiced Sweet Potato Braised Chicken
- Sweet Potato Shiitake Sausage Soup with Udon Noodles
- Curried Corn Stew with Lentils and Sweet Potato
- Ginger Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This is a comforting, creamy & fresh preparation of sweet potatoes. It can be a meal in and of itself, or a lovely side dish.
All of the measurements in this recipe can be give or take -- it does not have to be exact!
- olive oil for the pan
- 3 small to medium-sized sweet potatoes
- 4 strips applewood smoked bacon
- 12 large basil leaves, washed and dried, roughly chopped
- 1 cup Gruyère cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon honey
- sprinkle of chile powder, mild or hot, depending on what you like
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and adjust a rack to the center.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and drizzle it with olive oil. Then evenly sprinkle the oil with salt and pepper.
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.
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.
Crumble the bacon and mix it with the basil.
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!)
Top each one with an equal portion of the basil-bacon mixture.
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.
Place the sheet pan in the 375 degree F oven just to melt the cheese and bring the flavors together, about 5 minutes.