Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple Cinnamon Butter. And Bacon.

by Shawnda on November 11, 2012

in Sides,Thanksgiving,Veggies & Starches

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Cinnamon Butter and Bacon

Because I regularly volunteer for sweet potato duty, that traditional dish has evolved to be the revolving the door at Thanksgiving every year. My mom always makes a small dish of Candied Sweet Potatoes – you know the kind, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, a stick of butter, all buried under a bag of jumbo marshmallows.

And then I make something else for the marshmallow haters.

Maybe it’s twice-baked sweet potatoes sprinkled with a cinnamon-brown sugar streusel, or mashed sweet potatoes served alongside cinnamon honey butter, or the recipe that still remains my family’s favorite to this day – sweet potato wedges with bacon vinaigrette.

This year, I took the flavors (maple syrup, butter, bacon) from that family favorite and worked them into a lower maintenance recipe. Because the last thing I want to do on a busy holiday is fuss with flipping two baking sheets-worth of sweet potato wedges. And standing over a sizzling pan hanging out of a hot oven is the last thing I should be doing on a day when the first bottle of wine is opened before 11am.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Cinnamon Butter and Bacon

We started with a plain Hasselback Sweet Potato, the prettiest way to serve a sweet potato by the way, and slathered it with a simple maple-cinnamon butter and then crumbled crispy bacon over top. The preparation is simple (recruit an inlaw to help with hasselbacking duty), the butter can be made days ahead of time, and… there’s bacon!

Some tips for hasselback-ing your potatoes:
- Look for potatoes that are similar in size and shape to ensure even cooking.
- Find each potato’s “flat side” and use that as the bottom – nothing will roll around on the baking sheet while you’re cutting or transferring to/from the oven.
- Use a sharp knife.
- Be prepared to need a couple of potatoes to hit that hasselback-ing groove.
- Don’t panic if you cut too far, a toothpick can easily rejoin an accidentally unjoined hasselback potato.

And just a note: the green garnish (a random green leaf from a bag of lettuce) in the photo was simply added to help my camera out and I pulled them off later :oops: My camera is remarkably unkind to photos of orange food with brown skin, topped with brownish-orange food and yellowish-orange butter. If I had had any green onions, I would have used those – and them left them there.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Cinnamon Butter

Hasselback sweet potatoes served with a sweetened maple-cinnamon butter and crispy bacon are an impressive twist to traditional holiday sweet potato dishes,

Ingredients

  • For the maple-cinnamon butter:
  • 1 stick butter, very soft
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the potatoes:
  • 8 medium sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked to a crisp.

Instructions

  1. To make the maple cinnamon butter, mash together very soft butter, cinnamon, maple syrup and a pinch of salt until uniform.
  2. Taste for cinnamonness and sweetness and add more to taste if desired.
  3. Lay a ~12-inch piece of plastic wrap on your work surface.
  4. Spoon the butter into a line about the length of a stick of butter, and wrap into cylinder.
  5. Pick up the butter and twist to seal the butter in the plastic wrap.
  6. Chill until firm (this can be done several days ahead).
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4-inch slits about 2/3 of the way through the potato.
  8. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  9. Bake for ~45 minutes, until tender all the way through (stick a fork near the bottom side, where there are no cuts to check for doneness).
  10. Serve warm, with slices of maple-cinnamon butter, and topped with crumbled bacon. Because there's so much food at the holidays, cutting them in half will probably still be a plenty big enough serving.

Notes

Yields: 8-16 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 1 hour

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diane November 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I just recently made Hasselback style potatoes with russets, and I tip I learned from Cook’s Illustrated was to place a chopstick on either side of the potato, so when you cut down, your knife doesn’t accidentally go all the way through. It worked great. They also take a *thin* slice off the bottom to make sure the potato rests firmly on the board.

I like sweet potatoes, but my husband makes gagging noises whenever I suggest them, so I’m going to have to enjoy them only through your great pictures!

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2 Kristy November 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I bet these are delicious. Buttery, maple syrupy, bacony, earth worm-resembling delicious.

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3 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles November 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Wow, these are beautiful (if sweet potatoes can be beautiful, which I’m thinking the answer is yes!). I’ve never made hasselback potatoes before; I must admit I’m a bit intimidated! Though the bacon in this recipe just might win me over… :)

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

Such a fabulous idea!

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5 Bree November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

These look OUTSTANDING!

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6 Joanne November 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I’ve become absolutely addicted to hasselback sweet potatoes!! Especially with a sweet compound butter mixed in. It’s almost like having dessert for dinner…and what could be bad about that!

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7 Vespa Woolf November 13, 2012 at 7:08 am

I love salty and sweet. I would’ve never thought to combine maple syrup and bacon. Definitely a winner! What beautiful food photography, too.

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8 Jess November 14, 2012 at 2:40 am

I’ve got to give these a try. Every time I see a picture of hasselback potatoes I think “I’ve GOT to make these”, but this variety is definitely what I needed to make it happen. Hasselback potatoes…here I come.

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9 Bridget November 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

That’s so funny that you mention (and link to) that sweet potato wedge recipe, because just this morning, I was assigned the sweet potato dish at Thanksgiving, and after scanning epicurious, that was the one I was leaning toward. I’m glad to hear such a good review!

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