Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots with Maple Mustard Dip is a fun side dish to serve. Aside from the fun, you’ll love their big flavor, too! They’re so good, I deemed them worthy of serving on Thanksgiving!
I can only imagine the recipes I could post if my brothers and sisters lived near me. I talk with them a lot about what would make a good recipe. This recipe for Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots with Maple Mustard Dip was the result of a phone conversation with my brother, John. So good!
I originally posted this recipe in 2013, and have updated the photos here. The recipe remains the same.
My brother and I seem to end up chatting on the phone with each other while at least one of us is cooking. Last week it was John who was whipping up something during our call. I think he might have been using the last of whatever he had picked from his garden.
He and I started talking about sweet potatoes and with a little back and forth, we came up with the general idea for this recipe for Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots with Maple Mustard Dip.
I’m a sweet potato lover! You, too? Try another of my sweet potato recipes:
Apple and Sweet Potato Pastry Braids
Skillet Sweet Potato and Black Bean Migas
Sweet Potato-Pear Smoothies with Candied Pecans
Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Cakes
Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots with Maple Mustard Dip make a great side dish or appetizer, best served warm. I think these would be really fun to serve on Thanksgiving, don’t you? Who doesn’t love tots?
These are similar to, yet wonderfully different from, the average tot and they’re so tasty. Since shaping the tots is a bit of a process, why not enlist the help of, oh, say a brother or sister in town for Thanksgiving? Makes sense to me!
You could even prep them the night before you want to serve them — shape them and freeze them on a baking pan until you’re ready to cook them. That definitely helps with Thanksgiving prep!
I made a simple dip to serve with the tots. Since maple syrup pairs nicely with sweet potatoes, I made a maple-mustard dip – a take on honey-mustard. I mixed brown mustard (Stadium Mustard, to be exact – it’s an Ohio thing!) with the maple syrup, and voila!
Sweet potatoes are everywhere this time of year. Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots with Maple Mustard Dip is a fun side dish to serve during the week, or even as a side on Thanksgiving.
Grab a brother, sister, child, or friend and make a batch of these tots!
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Serves Serves 6-8
- 2 large sweet potatoes, washed, dried and pierced all around with a fork
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp, then chopped into small pieces
- 2 egg whites
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup brown mustard
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Parchment paper
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- Place the pierced potatoes in a shallow, microwave-safe dish and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the microwave and allow the potatoes to cool.
- Add the breadcrumbs to a shallow dish along with the salt and paprika. Toss to mix and set aside.
- When the potatoes have cooled to the touch, peel them and use a box grater to shred them (use the largest holes).
- Spread out the shredded potatoes on a cutting board, and use a few paper towels to blot up some of the extra moisture (you may need to do this in a few batches).
- Add the shredded potato to a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped bacon, egg whites, thyme, and black pepper. Toss to mix.
- Place the lined baking sheets and the bowl with breadcrumbs near the bowl with the potato mixture.
- Use a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture, one portion at a time. Use your hands to tightly squeeze the mixture together, then form it into the shape of a tot, or a 1-1/2-inch long log.
- Roll the tot in the breadcrumb mixture. You may want to reshape the tots, pressing the breadcrumbs into each, and then roll it in the breadcrumbs a second time. Place the tots on the baking sheets, just so they are not touching.
- Continue this process until all the mixture is used.
- Generously spray the tops of the tots with the nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake for 10 minutes, flip, spray the other side with the nonstick cooking spray, and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until golden.
- As the tots cook, mix the mustard and maple syrup together for the dipping sauce.
- Serve the tots hot with the sauce on the side.