Baked Basil Sweet Potatoes with Bacon are a super fun sweet potato dish that everyone will love! One of my favorite savory sweet potato recipes of all time, this comforting, creamy and fresh recipe is lovely for a Thanksgiving side, or it can be meal in and of itself anytime.
Sometimes I methodically plan out what I'm going to cook for you.
Sometimes days in advance.
Sometimes weeks in advance.
And then sometimes spontaneously, it's the ingredients I already have that inspire a creation like Baked Basil Sweet Potatoes with Bacon.
I love that sweet potatoes can work so beautifully in both desserts and dishes that are perfectly suited for lunch or dinner.
What's in this recipe?
- olive oil
- sweet potato
- applewood smoked bacon
- chile powder
Such a delicious blend of flavors -- and, an equally beautiful blend of colors.
What to Serve With Them
- These are a fabulous side dish to have with chicken or meat.
- And can you imagine what a hit these would be as part of a Thanksgiving spread!? They would be fabulous for alongside Smoky Paprika-Bacon Roasted Turkey.
- This sweet potato recipe can be a totally satisfying main course on their own.
- I especially like serving these Basil Sweet Potatoes with salads.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- Vegetarian? Omit the bacon.
- Can you use other cheeses? Sure, try it with a cheese you love. Asiago and Pecorino Romano and Parmesan would also be delicious.
- The basil is aromatic and adds wonderful flavor to this dish. If however, it's not your favorite, you can use spinach.
More savory sweet potato side dishes:
Baked Sweet Potato Slices with Rosemary
And these Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate and Walnuts are definitely worth checking out.
I hope you love the Baked Basil Sweet Potatoes with Bacon as much as my family and I do.
Baked Basil Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
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 and prepare the pan. Preheat the oven to 375°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.
- Prepare the sweet potatoes. 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°F oven until they are super soft, about 30 minutes. 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!)
- Cook the bacon. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, add a layer of paper towels 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.
- Assemble. 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.
- Bake and serve. Place the sheet pan in the 375°F oven just to melt the cheese and bring the flavors together, about 5 minutes. Serve!
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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!)
Love it, David! If Mark likes them, I'll be happy. 🙂
OMG. This would be like perfect Super Bowl food for me. And they're beautiful! Wish I could get fresh basil....
Thanks so much, Mimi! You could also use sage -- about half the amount. 🙂
I never thought of making sweet potatoes this way. You had me at bacon
Yay! Hope you try them and thank you!
I LOVE the color of those sweet potatoes. This looks so perfect. I love the sound of bacon and cheese.... yumm
Thanks so much, Veena!
Kristina @ love & zest
Yum. Now I know what I want for dinner.
Yay! Enjoy! 🙂
Sweet potatoes + bacon + gruyère = what dreams are made of. 🙂
If only I'd thought of that. 😉 Love it!
Now you have seriously blown my mind! Got to get some bacon!
Kaye, you must! My favorite bacon is Nueskes (applewood smoked). They have it at Gelson's. 🙂 xo
I wouldn't even need a fork and knife to plow through this one. GREG
oooh messy! i like it. 😉
Thank you for sharing this excellent recipe. The ingredients listed are such high-quality. Can’t wait to try it.
Thank you Anna! Hope you love it!
Had a ton of fresh basil to get rid of (Trader Joe's gets me in trouble, every time), so I tried these.
Made them without the honey--sweet potatoes are plenty sweet on their own, so this was probably much more savory in comparison to the original recipe, but savory is how we like food in our house.
So happy you enjoyed this recipe. Sweet, savory or a little bit of both. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays! 🙂 ~Valentina
It will definitely make one perfect week dinner for us ! Thank you Valentina !
Thank you, Davorka! Enjoy and hope you have a lovely weekend. 🙂 ~Valentina
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
Well, if these don't look good, I don't know what does! What a lovely pairing with the basil and bacon! Such a fun and delicious side, perfect for the holidays. Heck, I'd even have a couple of these and call it dinner 🙂
Thanks so much, Dawn! The are definitely dinner over here sometimes. 🙂 ~Valentina
John / Kitchen Riffs
This is terrific! I've made baked acorn squash in the past with rather similar flavors, but not sweet potatoes. Terrific recipe! Thanks.
Thanks so much, John. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂 ~Valentina
A perfect sweet potato side dish for our American Christmas in Sweden celebration. Unfortunately, this year, it'll be Zoom Christmas dinner with our family, but this will be on the menu. Have a great and safe Thanksgiving...
Thanks, Ron. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We're doing zoom holidays as well. Interesting times! Good thing they can be delicious times, too! -) ~Valentina
These sound incredible!! Can't wait to try them! Pinned!
Thanks, Kim! 🙂 ~Valentina
These are fabulous, and just gave me an idea to pass along to my daughter. She’s doing a Christmas Eve brunch and These would be perfect! You know, somehow I quit receiving your blog posts. Hope I’ve rectified this now. Merry Christmas!
Thanks so much, Mimi. I hope your daughter loves them! Happy Holidays to you and your family! 🙂 ~Valentina