Is it just me or does the sound of maple bacon mayo make you smack your lips? When paired with easy to make oven fried sweet potatoes you have a flavorful side dish or tasty snack.
For just two of us, we sliced up two large sweet potatoes into not quite 1/2″ thick rounds and tossed them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and fresh thyme. I had enough for two baking sheets so I tried to put the smaller pieces on one sheet in case they needed to come out of the oven sooner.
We only used two slices of bacon for the mayo, but mo’ bacon, mo’ better as the saying goes… a few more pieces were cooked up to top the sweet potatoes. Ok, I have to be honest here, we cooked a half pound but a couple pieces didn’t make it onto the dish.
Once the potatoes are ready, it’s just a matter of placing them on a serving tray and scattering the bacon over top. Just the thing to eat while rooting for your favorite team or binge watching I’ll Have What Phil’s Having on Netflix.
- 2 large sweet potatoes sliced into rounds about ½" thick
- olive oil
- salt, pepper, fresh herbs to taste (we used thyme)
- 6 - 8 pieces of cooked bacon (reserve 2 for the mayo)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 - 3 teaspoons maple syrup (the real stuff if you have it)
- pinch of red pepper flake or very small amount of red chili paste
- splash of vinegar
- chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200° C) and prepare two baking trays
- While the bacon is cooking, wash, trim and slice the sweet potatoes into rounds and put the slices into a large mixing bowl.
- Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the top and season the lot with salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Use your hands to toss until all the slices are coated with the seasoning.
- Transfer to the baking trays and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, checking and turning the slices as needed after 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile mix the mayo, maple syrup, red pepper flake and vinegar in a small mixing bowl.
- Mince two slices of bacon very fine and stir into the mayo.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning. The red pepper shouldn't be the predominant flavor, add more mayo, maple syrup or vinegar as needed.
- Transfer the cooked sweet potato rounds to a tray. Cut or break the remaining bacon slices into pieces and distribute over the top. Drizzle the bacon maple mayo over everything and garnish with the chopped parsley as desired.
- Serve the remaining mayo on the side. It's good on sandwiches, too.
A word about the show: Phil Rosenthal is the writer behind Everybody Loves Raymond. If you like travel shows which feature food, this six part series is warm, genuine and funny. Rick and I are enjoying the show and laughing ourselves silly. So far we haven’t seen any bacon maple mayo. They don’t know what they’re missing.