Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite Fall vegetables. These Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and bacon are special enough to be served on Thanksgiving (like REALLY, REALLY GOOD) but we make them on the regular in Autumn.

The garlic roasts together with the sweet potatoes and bacon and the sweet/savory/salty flavor combination just works. I’ll pull this out of the oven and take little bites while making dinner until I realize a quarter of it is gone! And it happens every time I make them – it’s kind of like picking the cheese off these ranch potatoes except this entire dish is like the cheese so I continue sampling. lol.

These roasted sweet potatoes disappear quickly every time. Make it once and you’ll make it again and again! 

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon:

3 1/2 to 4 lbs sweet potatoes*
1 head garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 to 5 oz (6 slices) regular/thin sliced bacon, chopped

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

*We buy the large bags of organic sweet potatoes at Costco – they seem to have the most reasonable price for the organic ones.

How to Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon:

Prep: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.

1. Slice the whole un-peeled garlic head in half horizontally (parallel with the roots). Peel and slice sweet potatoes into 3/4″ thick pieces.

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sliced sweet potatoes, halved garlic head, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and toss to combine.

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

3. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet with the garlic cut-side-up. Bake at 400˚F for 20 min. Remove from oven, stir the sweet potatoes, sprinkle pieces of bacon evenly over the top and bake another 25-30 min or until sweet potatoes are tender and bacon is crisp.

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Push the roasted garlic cloves out of the sleeves and serve tossed with the sweet potatoes.

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com
Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Servings: 6 as a side

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 to 4 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz 6 slices regular/thin sliced bacon, chopped

Instructions

Prep: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.

  1. Slice the whole un-peeled garlic head in half horizontally (parallel with the roots). Peel and slice sweet potatoes into 3/4" thick pieces.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sliced sweet potatoes, halved garlic head, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet with the garlic cut-side-up. Bake at 400˚F for 20 min. Remove from oven, stir the sweet potatoes, sprinkle pieces of bacon evenly over the top and bake another 25-30 min or until sweet potatoes are tender and bacon is crisp.

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Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

Serve these maple roasted sweet potatoes and bacon as a most delicious side dish. I’m so tempted to pick some right off the screen and unfortunately for me, there weren’t any leftovers (there never are!)… Best to make them again :).

Make Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon once and you’ll make them again and again! These roasted sweet potatoes are sweet/salty/savory and delicious. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Susan
    October 12, 2018

    Do you think this would work with butternut squash? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 12, 2018

      Hi Susan, I haven’t tried that before. Sweet potatoes are sweeter than butternut or acorn squash if you’ve tried those and about the same in consistency. The centers are more creamy to the bite than a roasted regular potato would be. I hope you give it a try. We LOVE sweet potatoes. If you experiment with butternut squash I would love to know how you like it! Reply

  • Annette Roskar
    October 12, 2018

    I made this last night for dinner and it was a HUGE hit. Another favorite recipe. Thank You! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 12, 2018

      That’s so awesome, Annette! Thank you for this great review! Reply

  • Luda
    December 19, 2017

    Hi Natasha! Can I substitute maple syrup with olive oil so they are not that sweet? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 19, 2017

      Hi Luda, yes that would work great or you could just omit the maple syrup 🙂 Reply

  • Sarah
    November 15, 2017

    My girls and I made these last night because I need to bring a side to thanksgiving dinner at the in laws. I’m so glad we tried it, I luckily already had all the ingredients and my husband said he really liked them. I will definitely be making this to bring to dinner and I’m thinking of making your strawberry cake for dessert. Thanks for the delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 15, 2017

      I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your great review Sarah! 🙂 Reply

  • Allan Alvarez
    October 10, 2017

    I love the dish the 1st time around especially with my black bean soup I make.

    The 2nd time around i wanted my bacon more crispy so I par-cooked the bacon and used some of the fat rendered as substitute instead of olive oil to mix in with the spices and sweet potatoes.

    A healthier option would be to par-cook the bacon, keep the olive oil in the mix, and toss out the rendered bacon fat from the par-cooked process.

    Thank you for sharing, it will not become a staple in our home. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 10, 2017

      You’re welcome Allan! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Inga
    July 11, 2017

    My husband, who is not a huge fan of sweet potatoes, ate these straight out of the pan! I thought they were pretty tasty too. An excellent side dish for a special occasion, just make sure your people-swatter is handy! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 11, 2017

      LOL! I’m glad to hear you both enjoy this recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Inga! Reply

  • Dana
    April 10, 2017

    Can I use yam instead of sweet potato? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 11, 2017

      Hi Dana, in the US, yam and sweet potato are often used interchangeably. Some grocery stores call them yams and some sweet potatoes. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 11, 2017

      Hi Dana, in the US, yam and sweet potato are often used interchangeably. Some grocery stores call them yams and some sweet potatoes. Reply

  • Anne-Liisa
    January 26, 2017

    Natasha, these sweet potatoes are soo delicious! thank you for sharing the recipe with us! I personally never knew how to cook them, and my family doesn’t eat them either. I am just in love with how flavorful they are, with minimal ingredients too! I will definitely be making this again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2017

      You’re welcome! Thank you for sharing your awesome review! Reply

  • Jody
    November 25, 2016

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! I made it for my family Thanksgiving yesterday –doubled it, in fact! — and not one bit leftover!! Everyone raved about it as they devoured it!! I also love how you slice the whole garlic bulb in half–it’s so beautiful (and simple to roast!)!
    5-stars all around!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 25, 2016

      Jody, you are very welcome and thank you for sharing such a rave review! 😁 Reply

  • Angela
    November 23, 2016

    These are AMAZING! I’m speechless…these are incredible! I just made them tonight for thanksgiving tomorrow and CANNOT stop eating them! Sweet potatoes and maple syrup are two of my favorite foods but add bacon and roasted garlic and I am literally in food heaven. THANK YOU!!! The only thing I added was an extra Tablespoon of maple syrup at the halfway point drizzled over the potatoes and bacon. Otherwise I followed everything to a T! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2016

      Ha ha! That sounds like me. I wouldn’t have enough self control to make them the day before. lol. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe!! 🙂 Reply

  • Ksusha. A
    November 23, 2016

    Yum. Dip in sour cream! Reply

  • Ksusha. A
    November 22, 2016

    I do not have maple syrup..is there anything I can substitute it with? Like honey? I have never had sweet potatos before and this looks so good I am going to give sweet potatoes a try.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2016

      Maple syrup compliments sweet potatoes really well but I think honey would work as well 🙂 Reply

  • Toni Price-Burch
    November 21, 2016

    I’m making this for a work party and making it the night before. What do you suggest is the best way to keep the dish warm until the party? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Toni, you could keep it in a warm oven or tent with foil, or place in a covered casserole dish. Reply

  • Taylor J.
    November 17, 2016

    This looks amazing, but the instructions for what to do with the garlic at the end are a little vague. Should we combine the garlic cloves with everything else, or is it cook’s choice? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2016

      Hi Taylor, it is the cook’s choice. We toss it in with the roasted sweet potatoes and enjoy everything together 🙂 Reply

  • jeanne
    November 16, 2016

    hi-this sounds and looks sooo amazingly delicious! I’m hesitant on the garlic tho! Help. Do you mix the cloves in after, or leave them on side as an option? I LOVE garlic, but fear the garlic wont compliment the syrup. If I have time, I will try to make trial run! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      You can omit the garlic if you aren’t keen on it. It works well with the rest of the dish – you can serve it in the potatoes or on the side, or not at all. It will still work 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    November 16, 2016

    This looks delicious! If I left out the maple syrup would it still work? Cooking for someone who can’t have sugar right now. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Julie, it would still work great and you are welcome 😀. Reply

      • Julie
        November 16, 2016

        Thank you! It’s on the Thanksgiving menu 😀 Reply

        • Julie
          November 28, 2016

          Made this at Thanksgiving, left out the maple syrup for my sister. Everyone loved it!! Reply

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            November 28, 2016

            That is music to my ears! Thank you for sharing that with us 🙂

  • Kathy
    November 16, 2016

    Do you think you could make these ahead? I’d like to make them for Thanksgiving, but my oven will be filled with so much other stuff. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Hi Kathy, yes you can make them ahead and they do reheat pretty well both in the oven and on the stovetop. It is a good idea to reheat them either way so your bacon crisps/freshens up and it is best served warm :). Reply

  • vika
    November 7, 2016

    Great side dish! My husband loved it! Definitely a keeper. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2016

      Vika, thank you for the great review, I’m glad to heart that 😀. Reply

  • Mrs C
    November 6, 2016

    Hi Natasha,

    I followed your Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Bacon recipe and your recipe for double leche Tres Leche cake for a small get together. I now feel like a Rockstar! You have great recipes! I find myself often checking on your site to see what else I can make! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 6, 2016

      Awww! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • Galina
    November 4, 2016

    Simple to make and delicious. Would be great for the holidays. I had a small pumpkin and used this recipe with it. A great alternative for potatoes as well.
    Will use this recipe again for sure
    Galina Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 4, 2016

      Galina, thank you for sharing such a nice review 😄. I want to try a pumpkin next time myself. Reply

  • MICHELE BOUTIN
    October 31, 2016

    DO YOU COOK THE BACON FIRST BEFORE YOU PUT IT INTO THE SWEET POTATO MIX? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2016

      Hi Michele, there is no need to pre-cook the bacon since it roasts with the sweet potatoes. The additional 25-30 minutes of roasting once the bacon goes in is ample time for the bacon to brown. If using thick-cut bacon, you would want to put it in earlier but with regular bacon, this method works without needing to cook the bacon separately 🙂 Reply

  • Janet
    October 30, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I wanted to see how my new KitchenAid Mixer works so I made dessert before dinner – never a good idea!! I made your chocolate chip cookies; then for dinner tonight, I made your roasted pork tenderloin and maple roasted sweet potatoes with bacon. I also added onions to roast alongside them and this was a huge hit. My boyfriend and Mom raved about them all! Thanks for the great recipes and keep up the good work. I will be making these again…the tenderloin was so easy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 31, 2016

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipes!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful reviews 🙂 Reply

  • October 27, 2016

    I love coming to “your place”. Sweet potatoes and bacon are perfect match. Thank you ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 27, 2016

      You are very welcome, I’m glad you like the recipe 😄. Reply

  • October 26, 2016

    Sweet Potatoes and I are best friends. I officially cannot live without them, which is weird because I didn’t eat them for about 17 years! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2016

      GiGi, I was kind of the same way for the 15 years of my life. Now they are in my weekly meal rotation 😁. Reply

  • Natasha
    October 26, 2016

    I made the creamy sweet potato soup and I LOVED it! Thankyou for sharing! I actually went to the store and got sweet potatoes, that what the lable said, but they where white inside! like a real potato. That was a first. I loved the soup. Keep up the good work Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2016

      Thank you Natasha for the wonderful review and you are welcome 😁. Reply

  • October 26, 2016

    What a perfect flavor combination for this time of year! Thanks for sharing =) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2016

      It really is and we’re completely smitten 🙂 I hope you love it! Reply

  • October 26, 2016

    These look amazing, Natasha! And yes I love the sweet potatoes contrasting with the salty bacon. Bacon I think just makes everything better! 😉 Will definitely make this. Love it! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2016

      I definitely agree about bacon making everything better! 🙂 Thank you so much Sheila 🙂 Reply

  • Natasha
    October 25, 2016

    How do sweet potatoes taste like? Can you add link to all your sweet potatos recipes? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 25, 2016

      Hi Natasha, they taste like a sweet creamy potato. It’s hard to describe – they are sweeter than butternut or acorn squash if you’ve tried those and about the same in consistency. The centers are more creamy to the bite than a roasted regular potato would be. I hope you give it a try. We LOVE sweet potatoes 🙂 Here are my other sweet potato recipesReply

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