Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

3 1/2 to 4 lbs sweet potatoes
1 head garlic
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Sap bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 to 5 oz (6 slices) regular/thin sliced bacon, chopped

Instructions

Prep: Preheat oven to 400˚F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat.

  1. Slice the whole un-peeled garlic head in half horizontally (parallel with the roots). Peel and slice sweet potatoes into ¾" thick pieces.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sliced sweet potatoes, halved garlic head, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Place in a single layer on prepared baking sheet with the garlic cut-side-up. Bake at 400˚F for 20 min. Remove from oven, stir the sweet potatoes, sprinkle pieces of bacon evenly over the top and bake another 25-30 min or until sweet potatoes are tender and bacon is crisp.