Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can't wait to cook up some goodies for our friends and family! These sweet potato bacon tots have been thoroughly tested in our house lately. I was craving TONS of starchy carbs towards the end of the pregnancy, and I always seem to be hungrier than ever when I start nursing. Sweet potatoes to the rescue – and in a snackable form that I find way more satisfying than their mashed or french fried counterparts. These little bites are fun, filling, and already proving to be quite a hit.
We've been entertaining guests early this month as we introduce baby to his countless admirers AND celebrate birthday after birthday after birthday. We really hit the ground running after Halloween and go nonstop through Christmas. In the midst of it all, I'm glad to be able to feed our crew some wholesome and filling fare.
Sweet Potato Bacon Tots
- 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and parboiled (or simply leftover from twice-baked or mashed sweet potatoes)
- 2 strips bacon cooked
- 1/4 medium onion
- 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup palm oil
- Heat the palm oil in a large skillet to 300 degrees.
- Chop the onion and bacon together and mix with the seasonings and flour.
- Add the sweet potato and mix until fully incorporated.
- Form into tot shapes with your hands, and fry for about 5 minutes per side. Cool on a paper towel and serve.
I'm really smitten with Ninja's Nutri Bowl for this recipe in particular (and any recipe that requires chopping, which I'm just too lazy to do by hand nowadays).
It's super-handy to be able to chop the bacon and onions together and then process the sweet potatoes right into the mix without making a mess.
It's a little awkward trying to form the dough into tots, but I wing it with a spoon and some floured fingers and plop them right into the heated oil where they firm up quickly. A cookie dough scooper can also be super-helpful for this task if you're averse to getting your hands dirty.
Make sure to keep an eye on them and turn them so they get nice and evenly-browned on all sides. I tend to get distracted. Fresh out of the fryer they have this crispy outside and soft, savory inside that's like sticking your mom's sweet potato casserole into a tater tot. With bacon.
What are your go-to Thanksgiving snacks? Pin these sweet potato bacon tots and give them a try!