My friend Molly brought these Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes to a MOPS meeting in the fall. I’ve been making them ever since. They’re easy and perfectly sized for appetizers – no utensils required. They are a savory combination of salty and sweet. The bottoms of the sweet potatoes caramelize, the bacon crisps. And the final result is a perfectly cooked, wonderfully seasoned, pop-in-your-mouth pleasure. No one can eat just one!
The secret to this recipe is the jerk seasoning from Aaron McCargo, Jr. He has a book out, Simply Done, Well Done. I’ve been following him since his days on The Next Food Network Star. LOVE. THAT. SHOW.
I’ve tried the seasoning on meat. But it is PERFECT for vegetables. Any vegetable. This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of the jerk seasoning and I always have it on-hand in my spice rack.
|Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes|| |
- 1 large sweet potato (about 2lbs.)
- 1 lb. uncured bacon
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2½ teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. This is your jerk seasoning. You'll have plenty remaining that can be stored up to three months. But mine never lasts that long.
- Peel and cut the sweet potato into 1½ - 2" squares/triangles.
- Toss in a separate bowl with extra virgin olive oil.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of jerk seasoning and toss again.
- Using kitchen scissors, cut each slice of RAW bacon in half.
- Wrap RAW bacon around sweet potatoes, securing with a toothpick.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
Notes: You can eliminate the brown sugar, especially when making sweet potatoes since they’re naturally sweet. If you’re a vegetarian, the sweet potatoes alone are PERFECT! Cook at the same time/temperature. The Dirties LOVE them Plain Jane. I’ve substituted Pumpkin Pie Spice for Allspice in the jerk seasoning and it works just as well.
Happy, clean eating!