Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

I guess you could wrap almost anything in bacon, and I’d love it. I’m imagining scallops, shrimp, asparagus, artichokes, new potatoes, jalepenos, dates, …. and more. But these Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites may just steal the show. Naturally sweet. Salty. Spicy. These goodies are crisp on the outside with an inside that melts in your mouth. They are a simple, yet delectable finger food.


Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites

The Players

The How-To

Preheat oven to 350F. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise into quarters. Then cut each quarter in half, and then half again. You’ll wind up with 32 bites.

Melt butter over low-heat and stir in chipotle chili powder and sea salt. Toss the potatoes in the spiced, melted butter to coat.

Cut the bacon slices in half, so you have 32 mini-slices of bacon. Wrap each sweet potato bite with a half slice of bacon, and use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

Place on a stainless steel baking sheet (where to buy stainless steel bake ware) and bake for 45 minutes, turning once about halfway through.

These are done when the bacon is crispy and the sweet potatoes are fork-tender. Remove from heat, drizzle with maple syrup, and let cool before serving.

Enjoy your bacon wrapped sweet potato bites!

(photo by FoodWhirl)

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38 Responses to Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites
  1. Mary in FL
    December 1, 2011 | 7:22 am

    This looks really good. What is the best size of the sweet potato bite?

    • KristenM
      December 1, 2011 | 2:37 pm

      If you follow my cutting instructions, you’ll wind up with bites that are wedge-shaped and around 1.5 inches long.

      • Mary in FL
        December 2, 2011 | 8:33 pm

        Thanks, because I don’t think I can get small – or medium – sweet potatoes here in the salad bowl state! =0 I must try this recipe.

    • KristenM
      December 1, 2011 | 2:37 pm

      Yes! Really anything could be wrapped in bacon and be delightful.

  2. Laureen
    December 1, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Oh wow. I’m all over this. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. D Olson
    December 1, 2011 | 4:50 pm

    great article on organic vs. conventional! NOW if we could just get farmers to stop catering to the big corps and gov’t support and quit dumping so much corn(read HFCS) and soy (many are developing allergies from the soy proliferation in SO MANY of our foods.) into the food scene. keep up the great website..I look forward to it and share with others! Dave

  4. Tina Malone
    December 1, 2011 | 4:55 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Can’t wait to try this! Sounds so yummy!

  5. leslie@realfoodfreaks
    December 1, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    Divine.

  6. Vanessa
    December 1, 2011 | 9:52 pm

    Fabulous. Two of my favorites.

  7. Ellen
    December 1, 2011 | 10:01 pm

    Sweet potatoes (or for me Yams) are my favorite! I am so doing this for my next holiday get-together! Thanks for the delicious-looking and simple recipe.

    • KristenM
      December 2, 2011 | 4:15 pm

      You’re welcome!

  8. Carrie
    December 4, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Wow, these look like they could become one of my new favorite appetizers. Two of my favorite foods in the world!

  9. Dinosaurus
    December 5, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    I love bacon wrapped anything, especially snack-able items. What is the importance of using the SS baking sheet?

    • KristenM
      December 5, 2011 | 10:13 pm

      Just that a well-made one will heat evenly and won’t contain any poisonous heavy metals (like aluminum) which can leech into your food and contaminate it.

      • Sharon
        December 10, 2013 | 3:39 pm

        Hi Kristen
        Just to let you know, I clicked on where to buy SS bake ware, mine are all aluminum, the page I was referred to does not have them…I’ll use my glass bake ware to make these wonderful treats.

  10. Steve
    December 5, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    I made these tonight to try them out as a possible Christmas appetizer… these are so full of win I can’t even express it!! I think these could be a complete meal for me! LOL

    Thanks for this!!

    Steve

  11. Diana
    December 19, 2011 | 7:39 pm

    These will be coming with me to a Christmas party! Any suggestions on the best way to reheat after they’ve been cooked? (I.e., I have to cook them before going to the party, but want them to be warm.) Thanks!

  12. ziggi
    December 23, 2011 | 5:09 pm

    These were delicious. Made them for a Christmas party and employed a minion to assemble them. Reheated them at the party and everyone loved them!

  13. Nance
    December 24, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    I made the bacon bites today and they were great! I was also serving home-made eggnog, so I used butter and cinnamon to flavor the sweet potatoes. That really worked! Thanks for the idea.

  14. sharon s
    December 27, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    Huge hit at Christmas!!!

  15. allison
    January 5, 2012 | 1:03 pm

    We made these puppies as an appetizer for a holiday dinner. Everyone thought we were geniuses. Used pepper bacon and found the maple syrup to be unnecessary. Delicious warm and cold – thank you!

  16. Wendi Wilkins
    July 25, 2012 | 6:23 pm

    One tablespoon of salt seems a bit much. Is that what all of you used and was it okay?

    • Hillary
      January 2, 2013 | 9:14 pm

      Definitely too salty!

    • PK
      December 12, 2013 | 11:27 am

      I used 2 t. and it was perfect for us.

  17. Terry @ greek food
    August 24, 2012 | 11:36 pm

    My mouth was salivating when I first read the title, will be trying these tonight, it looks like they are very easy to prepare..thanks

  18. Cave kidsmama @ cavekidscook
    November 26, 2012 | 4:41 am

    Maybe this will be the thing that converts my kids to sweet potato – either way hubby says he will be happy to eat them all as they look delish.

  19. Melissa Primalicous
    April 5, 2013 | 10:23 am

    I made this recipe for our Superbowl celebration – a couple months ago now, and they were a huge hit!!! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll have to make them again soon. Love your blog!

  20. Rachel
    April 5, 2013 | 10:24 am

    I live the idea of this! The first time I tried bacon wrapped dates I was in heaven, but now I know how much sugar is in those babies! Something crazy like 28 grams in only 2 dates. Crazy talk, people! So this is such a great idea. I’ll be trying soon!

  21. Megan
    May 29, 2013 | 11:09 pm

    These were AMAZING!!! I forgot to make the maple syrup but these don’t really need it – the sugars in the sweet potatoes carmalize perfectly so you don’t need the maple syrup. These are great for a dinner party, Super Bowl party, a cheer you up after a hard day party, a sit in and watch TV party – really anything you can think of. :-)

  22. megan
    December 10, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Hi Kristen – these look delish! May try this xmas :-). I have a question about maple syrup….I’ve been looking for a good, affordable source. What are your thoughts on the plastic jugs many syrups come in, such as the link you recommended? I’ve been on the fence as I didn’t know if the syrup was still hot when packaged into the plastic jugs, and therefore perhaps a glass container is better, as the heat could cause more leaching of the plastic chemicals into the syrup. I appreciate any insight you might have! Thanks!

  23. PK
    December 12, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Kristen, WE’RE GRATEFUL. 2 of our favorite things…I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to combine them before!
    Glad we didn’t use a baking sheet… SO much bacon grease it would have been a disaster. I would recommend either a glass casserole or a sheet cake pan.

    We used 1/4 t. chipotle chili powder and 1/4 t. garam masala.

  24. Sandy Wright
    January 1, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your recipes and your website. It is just what I’ve needed. I’ve been gluten free for 3 yrs. since diag. w/Celiac Disease. I now need to go grain free. I will miss my 1 slice of GF bread for my daily sandwich and my morning cereal. Do you have any suggestions or recipes I can “adopt” for healthy, grain free substitutes ? Many thanks for sharing ! Sandy

  25. Sandy
    January 1, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    I neglected to mention that I am now insulin resistant and need to watch the sugar content of my foods too.

    (And please delete my last name in first email). Thank you.

  26. Robb Ellis via Facebook
    January 22, 2014 | 11:06 pm

    Well, this now… However old traditions die hard and I’ll be smoking chicken wings, removing the skin then saucing them up.

  27. Amy
    February 2, 2014 | 11:50 pm

    Made these for a crowd recently. PERFECT! Everyone loved them, and the only bad part was that I didn’t have any left over to bring home!

  28. Adella Gonzalez
    February 23, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    I’m going to make this! Looks so good and sweet potatoes are sooo good for you! :)

  29. Tracy Gibb
    April 6, 2014 | 5:48 pm

    I am drooling right now! These look incredible!

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