These scalloped sweet potatoes will be an unforgettable side dish on your Thanksgiving table — full of rich gruyere cheese and flavorful bacon, they are sure to be a hit!

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Gruyere Cheese - Recipe on RachelCooks.com

Well, now that Halloween is over, get ready for all things Thanksgiving!! Stuffing, turrrrkey, cranberries, and of course sweet potatoes!

You all know the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows? This is nothing like that. Not that I have anything against that iconic dish — I actually have a interesting take on it coming up later this week. These scalloped sweet potatoes are sort of sweet potato casserole’s sophisticated older sister. They are rich and decadent. They have a ton of great flavor thanks to bacon (obviously) and shredded gruyere cheese. I also took it one step further and roasted the potatoes with a little maple syrup to increase the flavor. You could also boil them if you wanted to….but why? I’m clearly biased towards roasted vegetables since I loooooove them, but roasting the sweet potatoes is really a great addition to this recipe. And it’s a pretty simple step to do while you’re preparing the sauce, shredding the cheese, cooking the bacon, etc.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Gruyere Cheese - Recipe on RachelCooks.com

I used a shallot in these sweet potatoes, partly because Ben doesn’t like a really strong onion flavor, but mostly because I didn’t have any onions. What kind of food blogger runs out of onions? The kind of food blogger with two toddlers, that’s what kind. My point is, shallots were awesome, but onions would be great too. I’d use about a half of a small yellow onion — a 1/4 cup to a 1/2 cup would be perfect.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Gruyere Cheese - Recipe on RachelCooks.com

 

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Gruyere

These scalloped sweet potatoes will be an unforgettable side dish on your Thanksgiving table — full of rich gruyere cheese and flavorful bacon, they are sure to be a hit!

Ingredients:

  • 3 large or 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 lbs), peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 strips thick sliced bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups reduced fat milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss sliced sweet potatoes with oil and maple syrup and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes or until browned on the bottom and tender. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Meanwhile, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add chopped shallot to bacon drippings and cook until tender. Whisk in flour over low heat and cook to a paste. Add milk and cream slowly while whisking and cook until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in all but 1/2 cup of the Gruyere cheese.
  5. Arrange half of the sweet potatoes in the bottom of an greased or sprayed 11×7 inch baking dish. Pour on half of the milk and cheese mixture. Sprinkle on half of the bacon.  Arrange remaining potatoes, pour the rest of the milk mixture over the top, and sprinkle with remaining bacon. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Brown cheese for 1-2 minutes under the broiler if desired.
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Verdict: These were amazing! Loved that you only needed to eat a little bit to really enjoy them.

Husband’s take: Heard no complaints from him!

Changes I would make: None are necessary, but if you wanted to bulk this up a little to serve more, you could easily add in another sweet potato. There is plenty of sauce and cheese to go around.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Still looking for some new sweet potato ideas for this Thanksgiving? Try Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Maple Mustard Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Shallots, Boston Market Copycat Sweet Potato Casserole from The Slow Roasted Italian, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Feta, Olives and Sundried Tomatoes from Gourmande in the Kitchen, or Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Simply Recipes.

Disclosure: I am thrilled to be in an ongoing partnership with United Dairy Industry of Michigan.  I have been compensated by UDIM for my time to develop this recipe. All opinions are as always, my own. Find out more about why Milk Means More on TwitterFacebookYouTube and Pinterest