I came home from Paulina's Cooking School last month most excited to share this dish with my husband. I loved it. I want to make it more often. It is sweet and flavorful. It would be the perfect way to add sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving. It works well any time of year, if you ask me!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cube up your sweet potatoes. Place them on a cookie sheet with foil and add a little olive oil and sea salt. Make sure they are evenly spread out so that they cook evenly. You will cook them for about 25 minutes- you want to poke them easily with a fork.
While they are cooking, chop up your bacon into pieces about 2" long and cook them on the stove top. They make their own grease and work best in a cast iron skillet. Pull them when done and place on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the grease.
In the same cast iron skillet, caramelize your onions. You'll chop one onion in thin strips and slow cook them in your skillet with the bacon grease on medium heat until the are this beautiful caramel color and really flimsy.
The onions will cook off most of the bacon grease and you can add the sweet potatoes and the bacon back into the onion skillet and stir it all up. This is my new favorite side dish!
Cooking with my friend Paulina has been eye opening as I learn about new vegetables and seasonings and the world of preservatives and fake food we live in! If you resolve to eat more vegetables or eat healthier in general in 2013, check out more from Paulina's Cooking School or more resolutions here.