SWEET POTATO WEDGES WITH BACON DRESSING — Crispy roasted sweet potato wedges in a tangy bacon vinaigrette.
My family is pretty divided when it comes to sweet potatoes. Half of us love them (including me!), half of us don’t. But even the sweet potato “haters” helped themselves to seconds of these Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon Dressing.
My 12 year-old is in the “I love sweet potatoes” camp, and I think he would have polished off the entire plate on his own. But I was truly surprised when my husband and 16 year-old liked these enough to have a second helping. I, of course, loved them!
The biggest complaint I hear from my family about sweet potatoes is that they’re too sweet. And it just seems weird for a vegetable to be so sweet.
I think the reason this recipe was a hit is that there are plenty of other savory elements in the dish that offer a contrast to the sweetness of the potatoes.
Plus, we all know that bacon makes everything better.
My family all loves using malt vinegar on their French fries, and I think that’s another aspect of this recipe that won them over.
There are just so many wonderful flavors going on here that it’s hard not to love this dish! If you’re looking for something new and different to do with sweet potatoes, I definitely recommend giving this recipe a try.
But my family enjoyed them so much, I plan to make them much more often than once a year!
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Tips for Choosing and Storing Sweet Potatoes
Appearance: Choose small to medium-sized sweet potatoes that are firm and have smooth skin with no bruises or cracks. Larger sweet potatoes tend to be more starchy. Be sure to handle sweet potatoes with care, as they bruise easily.
Storing: Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not refrigerate sweet potatoes. They are best if used within a week, but definitely within two. Any longer and the high sugar content will cause them to spoil.
Fun Fact: Pureed cooked sweet potatoes are a great alternative to canned pumpkin puree in pies, cakes, casseroles and other dishes.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Sweet Potato Wedges with Bacon Dressing
- Canola oil
- Produce: sweet potatoes, fresh parsley, fresh chives, garlic
- Spices: paprika, salt and pepper
- Red wine vinegar
- 3-4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush a large baking sheet with about half of the oil. Place the pan in the oven until hot, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, paprika, salt, pepper and remaining oil. Remove the pan from the oven and carefully place the potatoes in a single layer on the hot pan.
- Bake until tender, 18-20 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking.
- While the potatoes roast, Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Add the garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar.
- Place the cooked sweet potatoes on a large plate or platter and drizzle with the vinegar mixture. Sprinkle with the bacon, parsley and chives. Re-season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 766mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Protein: 6g
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Taste of the South