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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 10
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Flavored with bacon and thyme, mashed sweet potatoes make a savory addition to any meal.
Updated Jan 5, 2010

Ingredients

  • 3 lb dark-orange sweet potatoes (about 4 potatoes)
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half, warmed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Pierce sweet potatoes all over with fork; place on cookie sheet with sides. Bake about 1 hour 15 minutes or until tender when pierced with fork. Let stand 15 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 4 minutes, turning occasionally, until brown. Remove bacon from skillet; place on paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet; discard remaining drippings. Add onion to skillet; cook over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • 3
    Peel sweet potatoes; place in large bowl. Mash until no lumps remain. Add warm half-and-half, thyme, salt and pepper; mash until very smooth.
  • 4
    Add onion to sweet potatoes. Crumble bacon; reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish. Add remaining bacon to potatoes; stir until blended. Garnish with reserved bacon and thyme sprigs.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Two varieties of sweet potatoes are commercially grown in the U.S., one with light yellow skin and pale yellow flesh and a darker-skinned variety with dark orange flesh. The darker of the two is often confused with yams of Africa and Central and South America.
  • tip 2
    Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark, dry place to keep them fresh.

Nutrition

130 Calories, 3 1/2g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 19g Total Carbohydrate, 8g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
130
Calories from Fat
30
Total Fat
3 1/2g
5%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
300mg
12%
Potassium
460mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
8g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
320%
320%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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