Hello and happy hump day! I love Wednesdays because it’s as if you can almost smell the weekend. I can’t wait!
Since I bought my bottle of maple syrup last week, I have been happily using it. First it was to make Maple Almond Granola and this time, I used it to slather over some oven roasted sweet potato fries.
Oh I assure you that it is amazing. It’s sweet on top of sweet. It gets better though because what’s the best thing to add onto some sweet potato fries that have been slathered with maple syrup? Bacon, obviously!
When you combine sweet and salty it takes you to a whole new flavour stratosphere. This is what happened here.
I cooked the bacon on a non-stick grill pan. As bacon is oily enough, I did not use any additional oil when I cooked them. It is easy and most importantly, you still get crispy bacon.
To make it even more incredible, I used thyme and rosemary here. I could not wait for it to finish roasting as the smell was so mouthwatering, it was the longest 45 minutes ever. This is a great side dish or make more to make it into a meal. You will be so pleased you tried it.
Coming back to this weekend, what have you got planned? Are you cooking or do you have plans to go out for a meal?
Recipe for Maple Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cooking Time for Sweet Potato Fries: 45 minutes / Cooking Time for Bacon: 5 minutes / Serves 2 as a side dish or 1 for a main meal
400gm Sweet Potatoes (3 medium potatoes)
160gm Smoked Bacon (4 medium Slices)
2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Garlic Powder
½ tsp Salt
2 sprigs of Thyme (leaves only)
1 sprig of Rosemary (leaves only)
1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C and line a large baking tray with aluminum foil.
2. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut into wedges (you can remove the skin if you like but I left them on for mine). In a large bowl, pour in the vegetable oil and maple syrup. Add in the paprika, garlic powder, salt, thyme and rosemary. Whisk the ingredients evenly and pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes. Mix to coat the sweet potatoes and spread the sweet potatoes out into a thin, flat layer. Roast for 45 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, while the sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare the bacon. Cut into strips length ways and cook on a non-stick grill pan over medium-high heat. It should take about 3-4 minutes. Remove and leave to cool. When it’s cool enough to handle, cut into smaller pieces.
4. Once the sweet potato fries are ready, remove from oven and dish out. Mix in the cooked bacon and serve.