Sugar and spice and everything nice…that’s what this Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers recipe is made of! An easy side dish, perfect for fall.
When I was a new mom and wife, sweet potatoes were cooked in my kitchen only one time per year: Thanksgiving. And, it was almost always canned sweet potatoes (or yams). Let’s just say that I was oddly intimated by fresh sweet potatoes.
When I made sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving, it was always a “classic” sweet potato casserole, topped with marshmallows. My husband and I would enjoy it. But the kids? It wasn’t their thing. There was always a ton of leftovers, and I figured that my kids just didn’t like sweet potatoes. But, did that stop me? Nope. I continued to make them most years, citing that it was a tradition.
But, over the last several years, I learned that my kids actually DO like sweet potatoes. They just didn’t like MY sweet potato casserole. I figured this out by occasionally working them into other meals over the years. They love sweet potato fries (even opting for them over regular fries at restaurants) and one of their favorite fall dinners has been our DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar.
They also enjoy my Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Quinoa and Kale (although one of the kids prefers it without the blue cheese). And I’ve even started serving a much better sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving that they LOVE and insist that I have to make more of it this year. And, yeah, it has no marshmallows on top.
But, when it comes to all the ways I’ve cooked with sweet potatoes, this Spiced Sweet Potato Skewers recipe is their winner.
Of course, what’s not to like? It includes bacon and sugar. The kids love it, I love it, and David goes CRAZY for them. They’re almost too good, so enjoy in moderation.
Oh, if you saw “sweet potatoes” in the title of this recipe and thought it would be a healthy side dish, I’m afraid I’m going disappoint you.
To get started on your Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers recipe, you’ll first peel and cut sweet potatoes into about 1 1/2″ chunks. Place them in a bowl and toss with olive oil.
In a small bowl, you’ll combine brown and white sugar, as well as several spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
With metal skewers, alternate a chunk of sweet potato and 1/4th of a slice of bacon that has been folded in half (or smaller if necessary). Don’t pack your sweet potato and bacon together tightly. Make sure to leave a tiny bit of room between each bacon slice and potato chuck to allow even cooking. Repeat pattern until you have about 7 pieces of sweet potato and 6 pieces of bacon on each skewer.
Due to how firm sweet potatoes are, I do not recommend using bamboo skewers. I recommend using good, but basic, metal skewers.
Note: if you are wanting a vegetarian version, you can leave the bacon off. You can also use less bacon – just place 2-3 sweet potato chunks between 1 piece of bacon.
Roll each skewer in the spiced sugar mixture. You may want to press some of the spiced sugar onto the potatoes and bacon. Tap your skewer gently to remove any excess.
Place each skewer on top of oven-safe cooling racks that are placed on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and bacon is fully cooked. Serve and enjoy!
Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers Recipe
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½" chunks
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sliced bacon
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Place metal cooking racks on top of a large rimmed baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place cut sweet potatoes in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine. Set aside.
- Without separating bacon slices into individual pieces, cut entire slab of bacon slices into fourths (when laying horizontally in front of you). This is easiest by cutting slab in half and then cutting each of those portions in half again.
- In a small bowl, combine sugars and spices. Pour spiced sugar mixture onto a large, rimmed baking sheet.
- With metal skewer, slide on a chunk of sweet potato, then 1 small piece of bacon (which is ¼th of a bacon slice) that has been folded in half (or smaller if necessary). Make sure to leave a tiny bit of room between each bacon slice and potato chuck to allow even cooking (don't push them tightly together). Repeat pattern until you have about 7 pieces of sweet potato and 6 pieces of bacon on each skewer.
- Roll each skewer in the spiced sugar mixture. You may want to use your hand to hold some of the spiced sugar to press more of it onto the potatoes and bacon. Tap your skewer gently to remove any excess spiced sugar. Place skewer on top of the the cooling racks on your prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining skewers. Discard any remaining spiced sugar.
- Bake skewers for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and bacon is fully cooked.
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My Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers Recipe is my contribution to the November #12Bloggers Event that happens on the 12th of every month. It includes myself and 11 blogging friends and we all create recipes around a common theme — all of the recipes have 12 ingredients or less too. This months theme is Potato Side Dish Recipes — here are the links to all of the other great potato side dishes:
- Broccoli and Cheese Hasselback Potatoes by Big Bear’s Wife
- Potato Bread by Betsy Life
- Spiced Sweet Potato and Bacon Skewers by Home Cooking Memories
- Roasted Rosemary Potatoes by Cooking on the Front Burner
- Garlic Parmesan Parslied Potato Stacks by Love Bakes Good Cakes
- Green Chile Scalloped Potatoes by Thyme for Cocktails
- Two-Tone Scalloped Potatoes by Bread Booze Bacon
- Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole by A Night Owl
- Loaded Tater Tot Bake by Pink Cake Plate
- Bacon Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes by I Love My Disorganized Life
- Sweet Potato Casserole by See Vanessa Craft
- Loaded Slow Cooker Potatoes by Around My Family Table