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Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions Recipe

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Caramelized Onions

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"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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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 5 mins

    1 hr 35 mins


  1. 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.
  2. Roast in the preheated oven until browned and tender, about 40 minutes; stir after the first 20 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 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)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 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.


62 Ratings

Jan 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.

Dec 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.

Jan 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.

Dec 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!

Jan 24, 2011

Thank you for this recipe. Made just as directed and it is now a keeper in our household!

Nov 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.


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  • Calories
  • 287 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.8 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.7 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 5.2 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 4.2 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 378 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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