In a pinch and need a last minute sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving!? Or are you just looking for some delicious Paleo carbs to add into your weekly meal prep rotation? Well either way you've come to the right place! This one is honestly the best sweet potato recipe ever AND it's super easy. Plus healthy. And it doesn't even have any added sugar, but no one will be able to tell! It's just that friggin good!
The good news is that foods with orange pigmentation like carrots, butternut squash, and you guessed it- sweet potato are loaded with beta carotene aka carotenoids aka vitamin A, that are great for optimum skin health! Yay for healing our skin with delicious food! Isn't that just the greatest!?
Seriously you NEED to make this recipe! I took it last night to celebrate Friendsgiving and it was gobbled up by everyone, paleo and non paleo eaters included. Everyone said they loved it, so if you don't like this recipe then you can just consider my friends liars.
But they're not. So you're gonna like it.
Bad news though: it got eaten so fast that I didn't even get a chance to snap a picture of the dish... SO YEAH. I'll take a new picture and add it to the post at some point but for now you guys just get a picture of sweet potatoes.
Also a picture we actually did get from last night of everyone:
It was a really great night and I am honestly so lucky to have people in my life that I love and who I'm pretty sure love me back! But but, if it is in fact November in your world today and you're still looking for recipes, before Thanksgiving you're probably in a bit of a pinch so I won't go into all the details but just know that I love my friends and I love food and it was a great time! We even ate sushi!
Now I'll cut to the chase and give you this delicious recipe!!
5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Casserole
Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes. Serves 6-8 people. Double recipe for larger groups.
4 large sweet potatoes
4 slices of bacon
Reserved Bacon Fat
1tsp Cinnamon + more for garnish
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
2tsp maple syrup (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rinse sweet potatoes & pat dry. Wrap each sweet potato in tinfoil. Bake for 1 hour on a baking sheet.
In the mean time pan fry the bacon. Remove bacon from pan & set aside on a plate. Do not wash or wipe down the pan! Just set the pan aside to use in the next step.
Once the sweet potatoes are done remove the skins and any dark hard spots with a fork or butter knife. They will be extremely soft and hot so be careful not to burn yourself! Place the skinless sweet potatoes into the pan with the bacon grease from earlier and turn the burner onto a medium high heat.
Roughly smash the sweet potatoes in the pan with a spatula so they're flat but not smooth. Season with cinnamon & salt and stir to combine. Let the potatoes sit for 30 seconds -1 minutes and stir on and off for about 8 minutes watching closely so they don't burn.
Transfer sweet potatoes to a glass baking dish and smooth the top with a wooden spatula or spoon.
On a separate plate cut up the bacon into small bite sized bits (you can do this with your hands) and evenly coat with maple syrup.
Evenly top the sweet potatoes with the candied bacon. **Bake uncovered for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
After removing the dish from the oven you can further garnish the top with cinnamon but they taste great without it!
Serve and enjoy!!
**if you're traveling with this dish or making it in advance then skip this step until you're about to eat. Then bake for 10-15 minutes right before serving
You guys this recipe is so friggin good, I REALLY hope you make it and love it to pieces!!! If you do make it and especially if you love it then son't forget to tag me in your foodie pics! I love seeing all of your creations! You guys are the BEST!
Have an amazing Thanksgiving & day everyone!!!