Sweet Potato Au Gratin with Candied Bacon

Oh wow! Just realized my past two posts have been about sweet potatoes. Guess it’s that time of year. I have really come to like sweet potatoes over the past few years. I have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan. I do like to use them to give old favorites a new twist though. Plus, when they are in season, they are very affordable, which is always a plus.

As I promised at the beginning of this blog journey, I would share my ups and down. This recipe was a bit of a mixed bag, because I wound up really burning the bacon! Unfortunately, I didn’t have anymore bacon left and going to the store late at night wasnt going to happen… So I will show you what happens when you forget about your bacon.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

About 2lbs of sweet potatoes
1/2 lb of bacon
1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1/2 stick of butter

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tablespoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of salt

I used a small baking dish, 4×8. This makes 6-8 servings.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Begin by massaging about 1/4 cup of brown sugar into the bacon strips. Then place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This is significantly less time than I did.

Once the bacon is in then oven, (Warning! Don’t get distracted and forget about it!) start peeling your potatoes.

Slice the peeled sweet potatoes into thin slices. About an 1/8 of an inch thick or as thin as you can get them with them falling apart.

Spray your baking dish with non stick spray.

Begin by layering the bottom of the dish with sweet potato slices. Then place thin slices of butter and cinnamon over the top. Layer another round of sweet potatoes slices on top of those, then sprinkle that layer with brown sugar and a little salt. Continue alternating layers until you’ve reached the top.

And this is when I realized the bacon was burned to a crisp. Actually there were a few salvageable pieces. So I cut those into bite sized pieces.

I left my bacon in the oven on accident for about 40minutes… Oops! Don’t get distracted in the kitchen or this could happen!

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And there you have it!

Slice up and serve hot.

Dig in!

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December 18, 2012



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