Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Bacon

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (4 to 5 medium)
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or apple cider
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake until completely soft, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly. Split the potatoes in half, scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl and set aside. Discard the skins.

  • Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until crisp, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Add the bourbon or cider to the drippings in the saucepan and cook until mostly evaporated, about 30 seconds. Add the potatoes, heavy cream, butter, maple syrup and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; mash with a potato masher until smooth and warmed through.

  • Transfer the potatoes to a bowl; top with the bacon and drizzle with more maple syrup before serving.

  • Photograph by Ryan Dausch


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