Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down!
This was inspired by a dish we had during a recent trip to Charlotte, NC. When we look for new places to eat we typically use Urban Spoon and read reviews–that’s how we found this place. I have to say, we were pretty disappointed. It was one of those places where the menu read better than the food actually was. One example: mussels steamed in beer with herbs and what-not. Thought it sounded interesting, it wasn’t, pretty gross, actually. We did have one thing, though not very good, we thought we could improve upon–bacon wrapped tater tots. So here you have it, our version:
Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Dip
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut into thick matchsticks*
- 1 package bacon, don’t use thick cut
- 1/2 c mayo, using avocado oil
- 1-2 chipotles in adobo sauce
- 1 lime, juiced
Get your oven to 425°F. Soak the sweet potato matchsticks in a bowl of cold water for up to 6 hours. This removes a lot of the starch from the potato. When you remove the potatoes, you can visibly see white starch granules at the bottom of the bowl. Drain the water from the potatoes and pat dry.
Slice each piece of bacon in half, lengthwise. Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 matchstick sweet potato. Lay on a baking sheet. Repeat until all the bacon is gone. If you have left over sweet potatoes, toss ‘em on the pan too, they’ll cook beautifully in all the rendered bacon fat.
For the Dip
In a food processor, pulse up the chipotle(s) and lime juice into the mayo.
Bake the fries for about 25 minutes on one side. You’re looking for browned bacon. Use some tongs to flip the fries over and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until browned.
Squeeze some lime juice on the fries. Serve hot and with the dip.