Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This is a recipe I have been on the hunt for for a while.  At last I have found one worthy of posting to the Cook Nook.

INGREDIENTS:

  •  3 Pounds Sweet Potatoes (4-5 medium)
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp bourbon (I use Makers Mark)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
  • 6 tbsp cold salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher Salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat Oven to 4o0 degrees.  Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork and place in the oven.  Bake until completely soft (about 45 min.).  Let cool slightly.  Split the potatoes in half scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl and set aside.  Discard the skin.
  2. Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until crisp about 8-9 minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.  Add bourbon to the drippings in the saucepan and cook until mostly evaporated, about 30 seconds.  Add the potatoes, heavy cream, butter, maple syrup and 1 1/2 tsp salt; mash with potato masher until smooth and warmed through.
  3. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl; top with bacon and drizzle more maple syrup before serving.
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