Sweet, salty, and savory team up together to create this buttery good maple roasted sweet potatoes with bacon dish.
The inspiration behind this dish was the desire to have more Carbalicious (or Energizing/E if you’re following Trim Healthy Mama) side dishes. And since I love sweet potatoes when they’re roasted (my favorite is when they’re at the carmelizing point, when the edges begin to brown…SO yummy!) and the blend of bacon and maple syrup together, I decided to make something using all of the above.
Something to note about this side dish is that it is exactly that, a SIDE dish. It is a little low in protein (though the turkey bacon does provide a bit), so you will need to enjoy it alongside a Carbalicious (THM E) main dish. Some ideas are chicken breast or low fat game meat.
You may also want to keep a watchful eye on how much additional fat you add to a meal wherein this dish is being served. Trim Healthy Mama’s recommendation is a max of 1 teaspoon fat per E meal. One serving of this dish (which is about 1/8th of the entire dish) yield probably somewhere around about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of fat. So keep that in mind as you prep a main dish!
- 4 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks (peeling is optional)
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup homemade sugar free maple syrup or Nature's Hollow Sugar Free Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 8 slices plain, lean turkey bacon, cubed
- up to ½ teaspoon butter flavoring, optional
- Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat; set aside.
- Toss the sweet potato chunks with the maple syrup, butter, dill, garlic salt, and pepper.
- Spread in a single layer over the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven, stir the potatoes, and lay the raw bacon cubes over the top. Return to the oven and bake an addition 20 to 30 minutes or until the potatoes and bacon have achieved the desired amount of doneness.
- If you would like a stronger butter flavor, add up to ½ teaspoon butter flavoring after the dish is done.