Snack Like A Southerner: Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots w/ Maple-Mustard Dip

Bacon-Sweet Potato Tots w/ Maple-Mustard Dip by azgrabaplate.

(azgrabaplate)

Ingredients:

-2 large sweet potatoes, washed, dried and pierced all around with a fork
-6 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp, then chopped into small pieces
-2 egg whites
-1-1/2tsp chopped fresh thyme
-1/4tsp ground black pepper
-1-1/2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
-1/2tsp salt
-1/4tsp paprika
-1/4 cup brown mustard
-3tbsp maple syrup

Step One:
"Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside."

Step Two:
"Place the pierced potatoes in a shallow, microwave-safe dish and cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Turn the potatoes over and cook for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the microwave and allow the potatoes to cool."

Step Three:
"Add the breadcrumbs to a shallow dish along with the salt and paprika. Toss to mix and set aside."

Step Four:
"When the potatoes have cooled to the touch, peel them and use a box grater to shred them (use the largest holes)."

Step Five:
"Spread out the shredded potatoes on a cutting board, and use a few paper towels to blot up some of the extra moisture (you may need to do this in a few batches)."

Step Six:
"Add the shredded potato to a large mixing bowl. Add the chopped bacon, egg whites, thyme, and black pepper. Toss to mix."

Step Seven:
"Place the lined baking sheets and the bowl with breadcrumbs near the bowl with the potato mixture."

Step Eight:
"Use a teaspoon to scoop out the mixture, one portion at a time. Use your hands to tightly squeeze the mixture together, then form it into the shape of a tot, or a 1-1/2-inch long log."

Step Nine:
"Roll the tot in the breadcrumb mixture. You may want to reform the tot, pressing the breadcrumbs into the tot, and then roll it in the breadcrumbs a second time. Place the tots on the baking sheets, just so they are not touching. Continue this process until all the mixture is used."

Step Ten:
"Generously spray the tops of the tots with the nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, flip the tots, spray the other side with the nonstick cooking spray, and bake for another 8-10 minutes, or until golden."

Step Eleven:
"As the tots cook, mix the mustard and maple syrup together for the dipping sauce.
Serve the tots hot with the sauce on the side."

Enjoy! Thanks, Grab a Plate!

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