Okay guys, this is the FIRST of two posts this week. What I’m about to share with you is literally one of the most delicious things that has ever graced my kitchen counters.
I’m talking about BACON WRAPPED SWEET POTATO FRIES.
Not only that, but I made HOMEMADE buttermilk ranch dressing to accompany them. *hallelujah*
Now, I want to clarify, if you are a no-dairy paleo follower, you might want to skip over the homemade ranch dressing. For those of you who can do some dairy, prepare to have your mind blown over this ranch recipe.
For the Ranch Dressing you will need:
1 cup of cultured buttermilk (You can either purchase from Trader Joe’s or make your own using raw milk by following the recipe here)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 TBSP of Celtic Sea Salt
chopped green onion to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 cup of cultured sour cream (available at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s has an organic sour cream if you don’t have a Whole Foods nearby)
1/2 cup of Homemade Mayonnaise (recipe is in gray below)
1 cups light tasting olive oil
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
In a blender, add the eggs, vinegar, and mustard and blend together well – leave the blender running and slowly slowly slowly drop by drop or very slow drizzle add the oil. Seriously though, you have to add the oil VERY SLOWLY.
When the mixture begins to emulsify or thicken, only then can you be a bit faster about pouring in the olive oil but still take your time. Turn the blender off once all the olive oil is in and the mayonnaise is thickened to your desired consistency. Add the salt and mix well or blend again for another few seconds.
On a cutting board using a santoku knife, finely chop the garlic and add 1 tbsp of sea salt onto it. With your knife at an angle, mash the minced garlic into the salt until it makes a paste.
In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well until creamy and store in a glass jar.
Next, the Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries! This part is literally the easiest thing ever. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
You will need three ingredients:
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them lengthwise. The slices should be the width of your index finger. You don’t want to cut them too thin or too short because you need room for the bacon.
Slice 6 pieces of Bacon into thirds lengthwise.
Wrap strips around your sweet potato sticks
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with celtic sea salt and bake for 10-15 minutes. The last minute or so of cooking, turn on the broiler to crispify the bacon. (Yes, crispify)
Remove from the oven, allow them to cool, and then scarf them down with your homemade ranch dressing.
This recipe is perfect for an easy side dish or appetizer. Or just for anytime. Because we all know that anytime is a good time for bacon.
Enjoy, friends! Keep an eye out for another post this week!