Savory Sweet Potatoes

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"The X-Mas shopping season begins early in Iceland. Recently my hubby took me to lunch at an Icelandic store that was advertising a “traditional US Thanksgiving meal” during Nov & served in their coffee shop. We are both so fond of this meal that we decided to dine & shop. Since the Icelandic ideas of “traditional” US cooking often depart from the norm, I have learned to expect the unexpected & I was not disappointed. This ingredient-friendly & easy-fix side-dish was so good that I couldn’t wait to put my own spin on it & share with you. I also instantly added it to our annual 3-family Thanksgiving dinner, altho it will also work very well as a tasty side for your Easter ham. (Time does not include the time to bake & cool the sweet potatoes as that time will vary according to size used) Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (278.4 g)
  • Calories 582.8
  • Total Fat - 41.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 62.4 mg
  • Sodium - 1008.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 27.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.2 g
  • Sugars - 3.4 g
  • Protein - 28.1 g
  • Calcium - 60.9 mg
  • Iron - 5.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

Pre-bake sweet potatoes at 350F until fork-tender. Set aside so they begin to cool.

Step 2

When cool enough to handle easily, remove the skin & coarsely mash the potato flesh.

Step 3

Crisp the bacon strips & set aside. Reserve 1-2 tbsp of the bacon drippings in the pan.

Step 4

Caramelize the diced onion in the bacon drippings until golden brown.

Step 5

Combine the crisped bacon, caramelized onion & pine nuts with the sweet potato mash.

Step 6

Add butter + salt & pepper to taste. (May store in fridge & then microwave as needed)

Step 7

NOTE: This recipe can be made a day ahead. It is meant to serve 4 generously & likely will also allow for leftovers. It may be doubled to serve 8 or tripled to serve 12.

Step 8

NOTE RE PIC: A plan doesn't always go the way you intend. I decided to make & photograph this recipe, knowing I would have to leave out the pine nuts as Siggi is diet-restricted for them. Also & to my surprise, Siggi bought red onions at the grocery store since he knows I favor them (instead of white onions). Bottom Line is that a pic made per the recipe will likely appear different from the pic I have posted.

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Made for Twisted. RIP We really enjoyed these tasty potatoes. The sweet potatoes are awesome prepared this way. The recipe was quick and easy to make with great results. The sweet potatoes were nice and savory; a perfect balance of flavor and texture. Thank you for sharing yet another winner. That I will make again.

review by:
(13 Mar 2020)


We loved sweet potato was on the light side not an orange one...I left the skin on because I like the skin...I thought that I had pine nuts...but no it was slivered that's what I used...the hubby thought they were pine nuts...I think next time I might add a touch of was on the thick side...but it was dang good...made for "1st Time" tag game...

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(4 Jun 2016)