Dream Dishes: Karen Stivali’s Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites with Maple Glaze

November 20, 2015

Cooking for friends and family is one of my favorite things, not just at the holidays, but all year round. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid and have a collection of handwritten, tried-and-true recipes in a well-worn three ring binder. Growing up with one Jewish grandmother and one Italian Catholic grandmother, food held a very significant place in my life and sharing it with people was a way of bonding and creating powerful sensory-filled memories. That’s a big part of what’s made eating and cooking an important facet of my life and it’s also why mentions of food work their way into every one of my books.

When I tried this appetizer recipe for a party, it was the first platter to be emptied. It combines some of my favorite things (maple syrup, bacon, cinnamon, sweet potatoes) and it’s naturally gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and grain free so it’s suitable for people with a wide range of food allergies. Also—YUM. Enjoy! And if you’d like to try out some of my other recipes, check out the recipe section on my blog.

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Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites with Maple Drizzle

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes (3/4″-1″)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (more or less, to taste)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 lb bacon strips, halved
maple syrup, for drizzling or dipping
wooden toothpicks

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Melt butter and mix in cinnamon and cayenne.

Toss sweet potatoes in butter mixture.

Dip into brown sugar to give a light coating (press on gently with fingers).

Wrap each cube in bacon and secure with toothpick.

Place on cookie sheet (with rim) or in 9×13 pan. (Or use disposable aluminum pans for quicker clean up.)

Bake until sweet  potato is cooked through and bacon is desired crispness (40-60 minutes depending on size of cubes).

Drizzle with maple syrup and serve warm (with extra maple syrup for dipping, if desired).

Makes roughly 30 bites (you can tweak the amount depending on how many bacon slices you have, etc).

 

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