smoky sweet potato side dish

I’m not a huge fan of traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato side dishes. You know the ones I mean. Those super sweet dishes where the potatoes are mashed and topped with brown sugar or marshmallows or some other sugary topping. They have their place but they just don’t do much for me and, in my opinion, they don’t go with all the other savory items on the plate like the turkey, stuffing and gravy. Maybe I’m in the minority but I generally don’t like to mix savory and sweet things. Which is also why I usually skip over the cranberry sauce as well. It’s not that I  truly dislike “sweet” sweet potatoes, but I definitely prefer the savory side dishes.

So, as you might have guessed by now, this is not a traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato side dish. But if you’re looking for a new recipe to try this Thanksgiving, this delicious, savory twist might be for you. It involves bacon, canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and caramelized onions.

Ingredients:
6 sliced of bacon, diced into bite sized pieces
2 lbs of sweet potatoes, diced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup of chicken stock
1 chipotle pepper, minced and 1 tsp of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle and adobo
3 cloves of garlic, minced
salt & pepper
2 chives, minced

Recipes:

1. Add the diced bacon to a large skillet, preferably cast iron, and let it cook until crisp over medium heat. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel.

2. Add the diced sweet potatoes to the pan with the bacon fat and add the sliced onions on top. Don’t stir. Let the potatoes crisp up on one side for about 5 minutes. Then, stir and repeat. This process should take about 15-20 minutes. You want some color on the sweet potatoes and you want the onions to become soft and caramelized.

3. Lower the heat a bit, season with salt and pepper, and add about 1/4 cup of the chicken stock. Stir and add another 1/4 cup of chicken stock. Next add the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce and the garlic and stir. Add the rest of the chicken stock and cover for about 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

4. Turn off the heat and add the crispy bacon and scallions over the top.

Whether you choose to serve this at Thanksgiving or not, it’s a nice alternative to the sweet version of sweet potatoes that we all know and love (or not).

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