These smoky, herbed sweet potatoes are perfect for a holiday meal, or any dinner at all. Rich sweet potato is completed with savory toppings for a full flavor experience. Cheesy almond and cashew parmesan is the perfect compliment to the smoky taste of coconut bacon. Sage and rosemary tie it all together for a delicious combination.
Holiday Hasselback Sweet Potatoes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
For the Sweet Potatoes:
- 4 sweet potatoes, washed and dried
- 3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Salt and pepper, to taste
For the Coconut Bacon:
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 tablespoon tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke (optional)
- 2 teaspoons beet juice (optional)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
For the Nutty Parmesan:
- 1/3 cup cashews or almonds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
For the Fried Sage and Rosemary:
- 5-10 sage leaves
- 4-5 rosemary sprigs
- Frying oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Make slices on the sweet potatoes, being careful not to cut all the way through. Arrange on a baking pan and drizzle oil over each one, aiming to get the oil into the slices and coat the skins. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes. Cooking time will vary according to size of potatoes.
- To make the coconut bacon, stir together all ingredients except oil, in a large bowl. Heat oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Carefully add the coconut mixture and cook for several minutes until lightly browned. Remove from heat. Coco-bacon will get crispy as it cools. Alternatively, you can bake them at 300°F for approximately 10 minutes.
- Make the fried sage and rosemary. Heat approximately 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a small pot. Once the oil is rippling, add the herbs a few at a time. They will crisp in a just a few seconds. Use a slotted spoon to take them out and lay on a towel lined plate or cutting board. Herbs should look darkened but not too browned. They will be crispy upon removing from the oil.
- For the parmesan, use a mini food processor or bullet type blender with flat, grinding blade, to process all the ingredients into a course flour or fine crumb consistency.
- When the potatoes are fork tender, remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan, top with coco-bacon and tuck some into the slices. Top with a few sage and rosemary leaves. Season with a bit of salt and pepper before serving.