The photo really doesn’t do these justice. I promise. They’re sweet, salty, creamy and crispy. And, they bite back.
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a little blogger party at Fran’s Filling Station in Charlotte. I was literally blown away by some of the tasty treats on their menu, including bacon-wrapped tater tots. I tweeted about them and got many, many drool laden responses. I’d already decided to make my own version.
So, here we are…
Spicy Sweet Potato and Bacon Bites
(this makes about 32 bites)
2 Large Sweet Potatoes
1 lb Maple Cured Bacon
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cheyenne Pepper
3-4 Tablespoons Pancake Syrup (or Real Maple Syrup, if you have it)
1-2 Tablespoons Course Sea Salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You will want to use my cookie cooling rack trick for this, so go ahead and get that ready. Peel your potatoes and cut them into 8 wedges, then cut each wedge in half. You should end up with 32 pieces between the two potatoes.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and add your potatoes, brown sugar and Cheyenne pepper. Toss the potatoes to coat them. Take each piece of potato and wrap it in half a slice of the bacon. Place the potatoes, bacon seam down, on the cooling rack. These will go in the oven for about 45 minutes.
They are fully cooked with the bacon is crisp and the potatoes pierce easily with a knife. Drizzle the bites with the syrup and sprinkle with sea salt.
These are awesome. Completely awesome. I highly advise you to try them as soon as possible. And, if you do, I’d love to hear what you think of them!