I made this for Thanksgiving dinner and my family went crazy over it. It is simple, looks great on the table and has already been requested for Christmas dinner! This recipe can be adjusted as you like by adding more or less bacon and onions.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Toss the sweet potato chunks, olive oil, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl, and spread the sweet potatoes out onto a large rimmed baking sheet.

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  • Roast in the preheated oven until browned and tender, about 40 minutes; stir after the first 20 minutes.

  • Cook the bacon until crisp and brown in a large skillet over medium heat, about 10 minutes; transfer bacon to a bowl, but leave the grease in the skillet. Cook the onions in the bacon grease until browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low, and cook the onions until very soft, brown, and sweet, another 10 to 15 minutes. Stir often. Mix the onions with the bacon in the bowl, and set aside.

  • Pour the maple syrup into the hot skillet with the thyme, and bring to a rolling boil. Boil the syrup until reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Place the roasted sweet potatoes and onion-bacon mixture into the skillet, and stir to coat the vegetables with maple glaze. Transfer to a serving dish.

Nutrition Facts

287.5 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 51.8g 17% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterol 7.9mg 3% DV; sodium 378.2mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
First, I grew up with marshmallowy/syrupy sweet potato casseroles and hated them; my palate is far more savory. You can maximize this recipe per your tastes; I did 2 versions tonight. 1st: the "sweet" version with syrup: can't afford pure maple syrup and don't like it. Used the store-brand stuff, reduced it to a near toffee consistency, then added the roasted swt. pot. and onions and bacon. The result was like taffy....chewy, sweet, and beyond flavorful. The 2nd version I did simply omitted the syrup: just the baked swt. pot., smoked bacon and carmelized onions. You know what MAKES this recipe? the thyme. I didn't have fresh; used ground I had on hand (a probable amount and then some) and it gave a wonderful punch and savory=ness to the taste. A great balance to the sweet. (Do add s/p to taste) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/25/2011
I'm a huge fan of all of the ingredients included in this recipe so I thought I would really enjoy this dish. Once I made it though it was such a strange combination and I really didn't like the flavor. My husband and I both agree that we probably won't be making this again. Read More
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96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 81
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
First, I grew up with marshmallowy/syrupy sweet potato casseroles and hated them; my palate is far more savory. You can maximize this recipe per your tastes; I did 2 versions tonight. 1st: the "sweet" version with syrup: can't afford pure maple syrup and don't like it. Used the store-brand stuff, reduced it to a near toffee consistency, then added the roasted swt. pot. and onions and bacon. The result was like taffy....chewy, sweet, and beyond flavorful. The 2nd version I did simply omitted the syrup: just the baked swt. pot., smoked bacon and carmelized onions. You know what MAKES this recipe? the thyme. I didn't have fresh; used ground I had on hand (a probable amount and then some) and it gave a wonderful punch and savory=ness to the taste. A great balance to the sweet. (Do add s/p to taste) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2011
This is my first review after a year using various recipes on this site. This dish is delicious. I served it for a post Christmas large family gathering. I was tired of the same old sweet potato casserole. This is an amaaazing blend of sweet and savory southern sweet potato and northern maple flavor. You will get so many compliments. I had at least 3 people at the party tell me this dish was their favorite. Do not change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
It was super tasty love how all the flavors joined together. Next time going to turn down the temp on the potatoes when they are roasting came out slightly burnt. Definetly going to serve this at Christmas dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
This was absolutely delicious! I could have eaten all four portions that I made by myself. It's going to become a standby side here in my house. I modified this recipe to cut the calories by 180 per serving (just 107 calories a serving) and cut the fat by 6 g per serving. Changes I Made: For four people I used 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, 1/2 lb baby carrots, 1/2 a large onion, 1-1/2 slices of center cut bacon, only 1 tsp of olive oil (more than enough), and 2 T of lite syrup, plus 3/4 tsp thyme. I skipped the salt entirely because of the bacon and added plenty of black pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2010
Great recipe to accompany ham or poultry. Did not have bacon so substituted diced proscuitto added to onions about 5 minutes before they finished cooking. Since I did not have the bacon grease I used a tablespoon of olive oil to saute the onions. Used a combination of 0.75 cup of the pure maple syrup and 0.5 cup diced canned pineapple and reduced that to half volume. The thyme was not something I thought I would like but it definitely works well here. I used 0.5 teaspoon of dry thyme. Another great surprise was how good the potatoes tasted after the roasting before adding the glaze. Served it to 12 picky women and they all want the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2011
Thank you for this recipe. Made just as directed and it is now a keeper in our household! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2011
Excellent! We made this for Thanksgiving. I made the night before to be as prepared as possible for dinner. Warmed in over after the turkey came out and microwaved the sauce. A nice time saver for this yummy dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2011
OUTSTANDING!!! Never will I serve marshmallow topped sweet potatoes thanks to this delicious recipe. This was a HUGE hit with everyone. I made it exactly according to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2011
I found this looking for some twists on traditional holiday fare and was a little nervous serving it for the first time on Christmas....but it was a huge hit! My husband said to not hold this one out for another holiday so I am making it tonight for a family birthday celebration! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/25/2011
I'm a huge fan of all of the ingredients included in this recipe so I thought I would really enjoy this dish. Once I made it though it was such a strange combination and I really didn't like the flavor. My husband and I both agree that we probably won't be making this again. Read More
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