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Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Are you looking for a delicious and satisfying side dish that will impress your family and friends? Look no further! Maple glazed sweet potatoes with bacon and caramelized onions is the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors that will have everyone asking for seconds. In this article, we will explore the mouthwatering goodness of this dish and why it is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

The Sweetness of Maple Glaze

Imagine the rich and velvety sweetness of maple syrup coating each and every bite of tender sweet potatoes. The maple glaze adds a touch of warmth and depth to the dish, elevating it from ordinary to extraordinary. The natural sweetness of the maple syrup enhances the natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that is simply irresistible.

The Savory Twist of Bacon

Now, let’s add a savory twist to this already delightful dish. Crispy bacon is the perfect complement to the sweet and creamy sweet potatoes. Its smoky and salty flavors create a wonderful contrast that will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. Each bite is a delightful combination of sweet, salty, and savory flavors that will keep you coming back for more.

The Caramelized Onions’ Magic

But wait, there’s more! Caramelized onions add a touch of sophistication to this dish. As the onions slowly cook down, their natural sugars caramelize, creating a deep and rich flavor profile. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the saltiness of the bacon and complements the sweetness of the maple glaze. It’s like a symphony of flavors in every mouthful.

How to Make Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

Now that your taste buds are tingling, let’s dive into the process of creating this culinary masterpiece. Start by preheating your oven to the perfect temperature. While the oven is heating up, peel and cube the sweet potatoes. Toss them with a generous drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the sweet potatoes in the oven until they are tender and golden brown.

While the sweet potatoes are roasting, cook the bacon until it reaches crispy perfection. Set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off any excess grease. In the same skillet, sauté the onions until they become golden and caramelized. The aroma filling your kitchen will be absolutely amazing!

Once the sweet potatoes are done, transfer them to a serving dish and drizzle them with the luscious maple glaze. Top with the crispy bacon and caramelized onions. The combination of colors and textures will be as visually pleasing as it is delicious.

Conclusion

Maple glazed sweet potatoes with bacon and caramelized onions is a side dish that will take your taste buds on a delightful journey. The sweetness of the maple glaze, the savory twist of bacon, and the magic of caramelized onions create a flavor explosion that will leave you craving more. This dish is perfect for holiday gatherings, dinner parties, or even a cozy night in. So go ahead, give it a try, and prepare to be amazed!

FAQs

1. Can I use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?

While the recipe calls for sweet potatoes, you can certainly use regular potatoes if you prefer. Just keep in mind that the flavor profile will be different.

2. Can I make this dish in advance?

Absolutely! You can roast the sweet potatoes and cook the bacon and onions ahead of time. Simply reheat everything and assemble the dish when you’re ready to serve.

3. Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Yes, you can omit the bacon and still enjoy a delicious maple glazed sweet potato and caramelized onion dish.

4. Can I use a different glaze?

While maple glaze is recommended for its rich flavor, you can experiment with other glazes such as honey or balsamic reduction for a different twist.

5. How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

6. Can I make this dish vegan?

Yes, you can use plant-based bacon alternatives and maple syrup to make a vegan version of this dish.

7. Can I add other vegetables to the dish?

Absolutely! Feel free to add other roasted vegetables like carrots or Brussels sprouts to enhance the flavor and variety of the dish.

8. Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a larger crowd. Just make sure to adjust the cooking times accordingly.

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Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Vegetable Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes , peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 slices bacon , diced
  • 1 pound onions , thinly sliced
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the sweet potato chunks, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Toss well.
  • Spread the sweet potatoes out onto a large rimmed baking sheet.
  • Roast the sweet potatoes in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until they are browned and tender. Stir the sweet potatoes after the first 20 minutes.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until it is crisp and browned. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked bacon to a bowl, but leave the grease in the skillet.
  • In the same skillet, cook the onions in the bacon grease until they are browned. Stir frequently and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking the onions until they are very soft, brown, and sweet. This should take another 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often.
  • Mix the cooked onions with the bacon in the bowl and set aside.
  • Pour the maple syrup into the hot skillet with the thyme and bring it to a rolling boil.
  • Boil the syrup until it is reduced by half, which should take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Place the roasted sweet potatoes and onion-bacon mixture into the skillet with the maple glaze. Stir well to coat the vegetables.
Keyword Christmas, Dishes, Gourmet, Ideas, Onions, Potato, Potatoes, Recipes, Roasted, Side, Sweet, Thanksgiving, Vegetable
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