This works for an appetizer as well as a side dish – it was a success a few years back when the Saints won the Super Bowl! (No, I didn’t make it this year even though the game was in New Orleans.)
These are easy to make, easy to eat, and you get about 48 pieces so there are plenty to go around. They are especially a favorite for those who love the sweet / salty combo. Now with some blues or soft jazz in the background, maybe 48 won’t be enough!
Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese & Bacon
- 3 – 5 large sweet potatoes or garnet yams, cleaned well & cut into 1/4″ rounds with skin left on (discard pointed ends)
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. cracked black pepper
- 1-1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- Olive oil
- 8 oz. bacon, cooked crisply but not burned; crumbled (turkey bacon OK)
- 8 oz. blue cheese, crumbled
- 4 – 5 chives, snipped, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 with rack set in the middle of the oven. Prepare rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat® sheets.
Combine salt, pepper, paprika and thyme in medium sized zippered plastic bag, zip the bag closed and shake it to blend the spices.
In a large bowl, toss the sliced potatoes with just enough olive oil to lightly coat them, then toss them into the plastic bag and toss them around so that the potato slices get nicely coated with the mixed seasonings (you may want to do this in 2 or 3 batches).
Arrange the coated potato slices in a single layer on baking sheet(s). Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes until sweet potatoes are golden brown and softened. Take potatoes out of oven and put rack in lower 1/2 if your oven broils; or, in the separate broiler on the bottom rack. Set temperature to low broil.
Top each potato round with a bit of the blue cheese and bacon crumbles. Broil until the cheese is bubbling & melted. Let cool in baking sheets on cooling racks and top with snipped chives, if desired.
Tip from the Toque: You can change up the seasonings as you like…Chinese Five Spice powder; chili powder, Cajun Seasonings, Italian…whatever sounds good at the time. Or, replace the Blue cheese with another cheese and match the seasoning to that. Let your imagination soar with the music!