Author Notes: Here the natural sweetness of maple syrup and sweet potatoes is balanced by salt, robust spices and smoky bacon. Likewise the creamy insides of the potatoes are complemented by the crunch of the bacon and the roasted potato peel. You may feel that they are plenty flavorful on their own, but here is a garlicky aioli for those who would like a dipping sauce. - LE BEC FIN
Makes 40-60 wedges
Garlic Lemon Aioli
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 5-6 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1-1 1/2 cup total of canola and/or extra virgin olive oil
- freshly ground black pepper
- tamari (or Japanese soy sauce)
- In mini processor, combine garlic through lemon juice. While running, drizzle in oil til thick. Add pepper and more lemon if needed. Add some tamari for a deeper flavor. Allow a day for flavors to meld.
Spice Roasted Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Wedges
- 6 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/2 tablespoon ground toasted or raw cumin
- tablespoons Chili Powder
- tablespoons Garlic Salt
- 3/4 teaspoons Ground Ginger
- 3/4 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon Madras curry powder (Sun brand is excellent
- 1/2 tablespoon cayenne
- 1/4 cup Grade B Maple syrup, heated
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes** (red skinned Jewel or Japanese yams are particularly sweet) cut into large finger like wedges, skin on
- 1-2 pound bacon slices*, cut in half crosswise, 1 per wedge
- toothpicks(sturdy, round)) or short skewers
- Over medium heat, heat oil in skillet. Add cumin through curry and simmer 3-4 minutes until fragrant, stirring continuously with a flat edged paddle or spatula. DO NOT BURN!
- Immediately pour over sweet potato wedges in a bowl and stir until coated.Add more oil if needed.Add maple syrup.
- Wrap a bacon piece around the waist of each wedge, so that the overlapping is downward, and secure with a toothpick(through the meaty part of the bacon, not the fat.) Lay out in a single layer on a rimmed sheet pan.Roast in top of preheated 400 degree F oven until wedges are browned and can be easily pierced with a skewer. Serve as is or with aioli. Delicious room temperature as well.
- * Bacon varies a lot. When I used center cut bacon, I did not need to pre-cook it. But try a sample wedge with your bacon. If the bacon is not cooked through after you wrap and roast a few trial wedges for 15 minutes, then pre-cook the bacon 10 minutes or so and wrap and skewer that piece around the wedge and proceed to roast.
- **Japanese yams or Jewel yams/sweet potatoes are surprisingly candy sweet, and creamy like ice cream. This recipe was done with them. If you are using regular orange skinned sweet potatoes, you may want to add a little more maple syrup to the glaze.