Tuesday, November 10

Cooking With Beer: A Rockin' Recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Smoked Bacon and Beer


The Food Blogga Getting Guys To Eat Vegetables Algorithm:
1. Don't tell them they're vegetables.
2. If #1 fails, then bread it and fry it.
3. If #2 fails, then add bacon.
4. If #3 fails, then add bacon and beer.
5. If #4 fails, then, well, #4 never fails, so don't worry about it.

I created this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Smoked Bacon and Beer in honor of San Diego Beer Week and used one of my favorite local San Diego beers called Arrogant Bastard Ale. (Is that the best beer name ever?) This dish rocks. It's sweet, salty, smoky, and tangy. It's great with beer buddies like pork and beef and goes really well with chicken sandwiches and salmon burgers.

So give it a try, and let me know how things work out for 'ya.


For more about San Diego Beer Week and cooking with beer, check out my last post, which includes a recipe for Dill and Beer Quick Bread, and my SDNN piece "Eight Great Events Brewing at San Diego Beer Week."

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Smoked Bacon and Beer
Serves 4 or 2 hungry guys
Print recipe only here.

2 large orange-fleshed sweet potatoes or Garnet yams
olive oil to brush on the flesh
6 strips maple smoked bacon
1 tablespoon butter
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
2/3 cup beer, preferably dark ale
2 tablespoons maple syrup
freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil, for easy clean up. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Brush flesh with a little bit of olive oil. Place flesh side down on the prepared baking sheet. Cook for 40-50 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, add bacon. Cook, turning frequently, until browned and crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-toweled lined plate to drain. Cool completely. Chop finely, reserving one slice for garnish.

3. Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes. Scoop out the flesh and set aside.

4. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add sliced onions and brown sugar; stir occasionally, until the onions caramelize and turn a deep golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Add beer and cook 2 minutes. Add maple syrup. Stir well and cook 3-4 minutes. Add roasted potatoes and bacon to skillet. Stir well. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with reserved bacon.

Here are more guy-friendly vegetable recipes from Food Blogga: 
Roasted Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Parmesan 
Mediterranean Jacket Potatoes
Caramelized Plantains with Honey and Lime
Roasted Root Vegetables with Maple Sage Glaze
String Beans with Prosciutto, Pine Nuts, and Meyer Lemon

Here are more tasty sweet potato recipes:
Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes recipe at One For The Table
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime Syrup and Chives recipe at Rookie Cookie
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Red Onion recipe at The Passionate Cook
Sweet Potato Pancakes at Serious Eats


Colleen said...

Oh, your guy rules are right on! Bacon usually does the trick, but beer certainly can't hurt. This sounds amazing.

ali @ gimme some oven said...

CHEERS to that that algorithm. :)

Will have to try these!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love the name of that ale ;-P! A highly flavorful dish! Yummy!



Meeta K. Wolff said...

an incredible sweet potato recipe susan. really like the flavor combination! and here's to that Algorithm!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Great idea! There are so many subtle flavors in beer that can be brought out with food. And, when I visit San Diego, I'm going to request "The Food Blogga Beer Tour!"

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

Yum, I tried that beer when I was in OB this summer! Cooking with beer is fun - I love throwing it in with sausages :)

The Teacher Cooks said...

This is unreal. Now will have to prepare this. Yesterday ate lunch at Gabe's here in town and had a side of sweet potatoes with sausage, peppers and onions. All of it was all diced and browned in olive oil with seasonings that the chef would not disclose. It was the greatest. Do you think that it could be done with butternut squash? I have 4 of them that I need to do something with. Thanks for this recipe.

glutenfreeforgood said...

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious. Must figure out a GF alternative for the beer. Hmmm? Green's Pathfinder Gluten Free Dubbel Dark Beer, maybe? I'll give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

Debbie said...

I love cooking with beer. I've used it in a cake and in chili! The sweet potatoes with the bacon look terrific!

Eve Fox said...

Sounds delicious! Gonna have to try this one out.

Future Grown-Up said...


Forget the guys, I'm making this for myself!

Kara said...

YUM Beer, sweet potatoes and bacon? Yes please.

I was reading about Garnet yams just the other day... are they truly the same thing as our usual sweet potatoes?

lisaiscooking said...

This sounds like a great mix of flavors!

Kelsey said...

You have hit the nail on the head. Heck, even I'll eat anything with bacon and beer in it! I love the name of that beer, too, so creative and hilarious.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - gotta love a beer called Arrogant Bastard Beer - that's a beer with a sense of humour. The dish itself sounds devine - sweet potato, maple syrup and bacon - yum!!

Johanna GGG said...

I don't eat bacon but I love this recipe - maybe I could make it with smoked paprika or veg bacon - it seems worth the effort to find a substitution - and yes, that beer has the best name ever

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

With a name like that this has to be the best beer ever...I can only imagine!!!!

GF Gidget said...

Normally I skip beer related recipes since I am gluten free. However, I just so happen to have a few bottles of GF beer in my refrigerator! Hmm... any suggestions for my first recipe using beer?

Unknown said...

It's liked you climbed inside my husband's head! His three favorite substances, in order, are beer, bacon, and maple syrup! And I have lots of sweet potatoes from my CSA box lying around. Thank you thank you thank you.

Mimi said...

I've cooked sweet potatoes many way and still no takers here. Maybe beer and bacon will be the ticket.

Melanie said...

You left out my favorite part of this beer... the back of the bottle. It's truly hilarious! In this household, I'm the one who won't eat sweet potatoes (unless they are fried deeply enough to remove the sweet potato flavor!).

dom said...

This sounds delicious!! I am going to try it today!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I know some hungry guys that would luuuuuuv this! Sweet potatoes, bacon, and beer - what's not to love?

Tall Pale Jason said...

Honestly, as a beer snob, I couldn't care less for Arrogant Bastard.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

colleen-Nope. It can't!


rosa-Me too!


tw-Ooh, I'll have to brush up on my tour guide jokes then.

sara-Oh, beer and sausages are so good together, esp. brats.

theteachercooks-Oh, yes. I use butternut squash and sweet potatoes interchangeably in many recipes. And the dish you described sounds wonderful.

gffg-Oh, I hope you do try it.

debbie-I love it in chili too.

eve-Hope you like it!

futuregrownup-You go, girl!

kara-They're technically different, but are used interchangeably in recipes. I love garnet yams-- they're really creamy.

kelsey-It's hysterical, I know.

cakelaw-Playful and tasty. You don't get better than that.

johanna-I'm not one to advocate meat substitutes, but this dish is so good, I'll give you the go-ahead on it. :)

val-Awesome, awesome name.

gfgidget-Honestly, no. I haven't cooked with GF beer. But please let me know how it turns out if you try it. Good luck!

mara-You're so welcome! What a cute comment. :)

mimi-It will do it. I promise.

melanie-You're right! My bad. Remove the taste of the sweet potato? Whaaaat?! ;)

dom-Yay! Let me know what you think!

lynn-There's nothing not to love!

tallpalejason-Everyone's got their preferences.

Jeanne said...

LOL - love the guy's guide to veg!! This sounds delectable - although I'd never thought to pair beer with sweet potato. Definitely want ot experiment on my husband...!

Carrie said...

Holy Moly! That's one fabulous recipe! I'm sooo making this for my boyfriend. Thanks!