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Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

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Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple
  • Prep Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12
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Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

This spectacular bourbon and bacon sweet potato casserole is a fancy twist to a holiday classic!

Ingredients

5
pounds sweet potatoes

STREUSEL

3/4
cup whole wheat flour
3/4
cup dark brown sugar
3/4
teaspoon kosher salt
8
tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2
strips maple bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy
1
cup chopped pecans

SWEET POTATO MIXTURE

6
tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for buttering baking dish
1
medium orange, zested
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2
teaspoons kosher salt
1/3
cup bourbon
1/4
cup half and half

Directions

  • 1 Preheat your oven to 375°F. Scrub 5 pounds sweet potatoes and roast them on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet for 1 hour (or until a knife pierces easily). Remove, cut in half and let cool until easy to handle.
  • 2 Liberally butter a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  • 3 In a small bowl blend the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and cold butter until small, pea-size pieces form. Add in cooked bacon and pecans and use your hands to from large crumbles. Keep cold in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • 4 In a small sauce pan; add the 6 tablespoons of butter, orange zest and a half teaspoon of both cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a low simmer until the butter has melted and small bubbles start to form.
  • 5 Scrape the sweet potato flesh into a large bowl and discard the skins. Add in the teaspoon and a half of kosher salt and mash until fairly smooth. Add in the bourbon mixture and half and half and stir until smooth.
  • 6 Spread the bourbon sweet potato mixture into the prepared pan and top with the chilled bacon/pecan streusel.
  • 7 Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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Who doesn’t love sweet potato casserole? It’s sweet and savory and so darn pretty.

As prepared by Simply Scratch,

Here's an awesome sweet potato casserole to roll out just in time for holiday entertaining. This version has bourbon, pecans and maple bacon too!

At holidays, I particularly like an assortment of side dishes. Give me green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy, corn and a big helping of sweet potato casserole (and let’s not forget the rolls!). 

This time around, I want the sweet potato casserole all jazzed up for the holidays with fancy bourbon, pecans and maple bacon. The end result is a creamy sweet potato goodness with a hint of orange, spices and bourbon and topped with a fantastic crunchy streusel made up of brown sugar, maple bacon and pecans.

To save time, you can roast and peel the potatoes a day in advance – so all you have to do the day of is mash and build the casserole!


Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

First I scrubbed 5 pounds of sweet potatoes and then baked them at 350 degrees F for an hour. You’ll know they're done when a knife glides effortlessly through the center.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

I cut them in half and wait for them to cool down so they're safe to handle.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Meanwhile, I prep my 9×13" dish with a heavy smear of butter.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

To make the streusel topping, you’ll need a cup of chopped pecans, two strips of maple bacon that have cooked until crispy and chopped, a stick of butter, brown sugar, whole wheat flour and salt.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Combine the sugar, flour and salt with the stick of butter until small pea-size pieces form.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Add in the bacon and chopped pecans.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Use your fingers and form into large crumbles. Keep the streusel topping in the fridge to keep cold until you’re ready to use it.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

In a sauce pan add 6 tablespoons of butter, orange zest, and a 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Add in the bourbon and bring to a low simmer until the butter has melted and small bubbles form, about 8-10 minutes.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Meanwhile, scoop out the flesh and discard the sweet potato skins. Smash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until somewhat smooth.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Season with a teaspoon and a half of kosher salt and then pour in the bourbon/butter mixture.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Then measure and add in the half and half.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Blend with a spatula until smooth.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Spread the bourbon sweet potato mixture into the prepared pan.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Top with the chilled streusel topping and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Ahhh... This truly smells amazing!

 

Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple

Every bite has a layer of flavor. The subtle orange, the bourbon, the toasty pecans and smoky bacon. It’s definitely a perfect side dish for the holidays!


Enjoy!

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