Prep 20m Cook 40m Additional - Ready In 1h
Servings 1 - 2 quart casserole dish Calories 337.2

This is a great Thanksgiving side dish for those of you who are tired of sweet potatoes with marshmallows. This dish also works well with toothpicks on an appetizer buffet.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 (16 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved
  • water, as needed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. 2 Place the sweet potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Add 2 tablespoons cinnamon; bring to a boil; cook 7 to 10 minutes; drain.
  3. 3 Mix together the 1/2 cup brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Lie the bacon slices in a baking dish. Sprinkle the brown sugar mix over the bacon.
  4. 4 Cook the bacon in the oven until the bacon is crispy, about 10 minutes. Place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain, reserving the liquid from the dish. Change oven setting to Broil.
  5. 5 Pour the reserved pineapple juice into a measuring cup. Fill the cup with water to measure 1 cup total. Pour the mixture into a skillet and place over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Cook until the volume of the liquid has reduced to about half. Add the pineapple and drained sweet potatoes. Cook and stir until most of the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the mixture to a round 2-quart casserole dish. Crumble the drained bacon over top of the dish. Pour the reserved liquid from the bacon dish over top of the dish.
  6. 6 Place the dish under the broiler until the sugar on top caramelizes, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 337.2
  • Carbohydrate 77.5 g
  • Cholesterol 5.1 mg
  • Fat 2.1 g
  • Fiber 6.5 g
  • Protein 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.7 g
  • Sodium 207.4 mg
  • Sugar 47.9 g

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  1. this is a great recipe if you're sick of the traditional marshmallow laced yams. I add about a 1/4 cup of dried cherries into the mix and its great.
  2. This one I cant recommend as written. There needs to be some changes made in the way it's prepared I ended up with a big mess that doesnt work the way the recipe describes. Even if it did I cant imagine it being used as an appetizer with toothpicks. All that being said the flavors - Read more ...
  3. These were so good! This is defnately a keeper!!
  4. This is wonderful! I made this tonight with fried ham...this will be on my Thanksgiving table this year for sure! I cut back on the cinnamon per other reviews but think I will use all of it next time...and more bacon!
  5. Thought this was very good but a bit too spicy for us. I don't mind a bit of zing but this was just too much. Will cut the cayenne down to 1/4 tsp. next time.
  6. Five stars isn't enough!!! We love yams so anytime we can find something new to do with them we have to try it. This recipe is fabulous. I have to admit I did tweak it a bit as I didn't not want the cinnamon to overpower the taste of the yams - I only boiled - Read more ...
  7. I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone LOVED it! It had a great flavor and was really easy. I deffinately recommend it if your tired of the traditional sweet potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallow. The family voted and it's deffinately a keeper! Thanks!!