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Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon

These Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon are the perfect appetizer for holiday gatherings, or for a small plates meal. And they’re Paleo/AIP!

Closeup of Sweet Potato Bites with Candied Bacon
Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon
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It’s so easy at this time of year for self-care (especially diet) to go off the rails. Oh the temptations! Gatherings can be particularly tricky to navigate. We want to participate, to be social, and to enjoy the nostalgia tied to the foods we eat.

Here’s an idea to save you in situations like this. If the person hosting the gathering is open to the idea, you could bring something to share. And if YOU are the person hosting, well you’re in luck! Serve whatever you want! Nobody has to know that it’s Paleo/AIP food. 😉

I’m a big fan of these sweet potato bites. They are just the right balance of starch, saltiness and sweetness, which is ideal for an appetizer. Practically speaking, if folks are drinking, these are perfect because they balance carbs, fat, and protein. People won’t get tipsy too fast on an empty stomach!

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Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon

Helpful Kitchen Equipment

There are a few pieces of kitchen equipment that are handy to have for this recipe:

Though there may be fewer gatherings this year, this recipe is a good one to have in your back pocket. It can also be used in a small plates situation. You could even serve them with a beautiful green salad (e.g. Apple Fennel Salad). Get creative! 😀

As always, I’m wishing you great love and deep healing!

💗,

Wendi

P.S. We have entered cookie decorating season. This activity can be easier because there is now an AIP cut-out sugar cookie mix! For reals! My friends at Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. are letting me give you 10% off to try their cookie and cake mixes. Just use my secret code WENDISAIPKITCHEN. Here’s the link to check them out:

https://eatgangster.com?p=By3chueqP

Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon

Recipe by Wendi’s AIP Kitchen – http://www.wendisaipkitchen.com Course: AppetizersCuisine: AIP, PaleoDifficulty: Medium
Servings

1

dozen
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

These Sweet Potato Bites w/Candied Bacon are the perfect appetizer for holiday gatherings, or for a small plates meal. And they’re Paleo/AIP!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cassava flour

  • 1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil + more for greasing

  • 6 TBSP water

  • 2 slices AIP-friendly bacon

  • 1 TBSP + 1 TBSP pure maple syrup, divided

  • 2 cups sweet potato chunks (1″ pieces)

  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Chopped chives for garnish

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉. Prepare mini muffin tin by lightly greasing the cups with olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together cassava flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add olive oil and water. Mix together with a fork.
  • Scoop out dough, one tablespoon at a time, using a cookie scoop. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball in your hands. Form the dough into a disk. Press each disk evenly on bottom and sides of each cup of the muffin tin. Do not overfill. Set aside.
  • Place a rack on a parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheet. Place bacon slices on rack. Brush the bacon on top side with 1 tablespoon maple syrup.
  • Place both the filled muffin tin and cookie sheet in the oven at the same time. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare filling. Steam sweet potato chunks (covered) in a large saucepan, filled with an inch or so with water and fitted with a steamer basket, until they are very soft. Remove them to a tall mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon syrup, coconut milk, coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cinnamon. Whip ingredients with a hand mixer until mixture is fluffy.
  • When crusts and bacon are done, take them out of the oven and let them cool. Remove the crusts from the tin. Clean out your cookie scoop, and scoop sweet potato mixture into each crust by the tablespoonful.
  • Chop bacon into small pieces. Garnish each bite with chopped bacon and chives. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

  • If you’d like to make these ahead, leave off the chives until just before serving. Store in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature, or warm them in a 250ºF oven on a cookie sheet. THEN add chives.

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