Gruyere and Bacon Sweet Potato Rounds- The Ultimate Thanksgiving Side

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I don’t know about you but as much as I THOROUGHLY enjoy my traditional thanksgiving dishes I ALWAYS want (sometimes hubs says no) to  add a little extra twist to one of the classics. Take my Individualized Sweet Potato Rounds. They are a miniature takeaway off of sweet potato casserole complete with bacon, Gruyere cheese, a dash of hot sauce and  hints of cilantro (yeah I threw that in there to really up the anty).


It took me forever to write this post. Yes I realize its still short and sweet but that is because I sat at my computer thinking what else can I say? How else can I portray these delectable bites so that everyone will run (not walk) to the kitchen and start cutting sweet potatoes. The answer I found was I can’t. I can’t tell you just how amazing they tasted and yet how simple they were to create. I can’t tell you how that with every bite you get a hint of spice, a hint of that rich cinnamon flavor and sprinkles of cracked black pepper. I can’t tell you how sensational it is to take that first bite and have the combination of the crispy cheese, smoked bacon and the soft tender sweet potato just start melting in your mouth. I simply can’t tell you enough so I guess I just won’t tell you anything! LOL


 So throw out that casserole pan and do something different this year! Turn your sweet potatoes into a delicious and appealing side or appetizer that I promise everyone will love (even the potato haters out there- and you know who you are- I have been there myself).



Gruyere & Bacon Sweet Potato Rounds- Ultimate Thanksgiving Side
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 TBSP melted butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • dash of Panola Hot Sauce
  • 1 TBSP chopped cilantro
  • Sea salt, Cracked Black Pepper and Paprika
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 6-8 slices of Gruyere cheese broken up into small pieces (enough to roughly cover top of a sweet potato round)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray your cookie sheet with olive oil spray. Then wash and slice sweet potatoes into ¼ inch rounds (no need to peel unless you want to). Spread in single layer on cookie sheet and brush melted butter on the top of each round. Sprinkle each round individually with a dash of salt, pepper, cinnamon and paprika. Then a dash of Panola Hot Sauce. Top with a piece of cheese and roast in oven about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Before serving place the bacon on top of each round and sprinkle the whole plate with the chopped cilantro.
  2. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Bonnie

    I always say cook’s choice when preparing a meal. These would be my choice. Would they work as an appetizer?


  2. Mary

    ohh these look amazing – love your updated edition of sweet potatoes – I think my family will to!
    Mary x

  3. kitchen flavours

    These looks fabulous! Love it, this is something that I would love to snack on and on! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Balvinder

    Ooh! I love these sweet potato rounds with cheese.

  5. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    These are so pretty. I think they would be great with either a smoked turkey or a fried turkey. I like to shake things up and serve something different along with the old favorites.

  6. yummychunklet

    Oh, these look fantastic!

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I have to try this ASAP! They look so good!

  8. Eva

    That looks like a fabulous take on an old favourite Jessica, nicely done. I can see this transformed into an hors d’œuvres for a fancy cocktail party.

  9. Asmita

    Hi Jessica,
    This looks fabulous! Need to try this soon!

  10. Rachel @ Bakerita

    These look delicious!! Such a fun and yummy side.

  11. nancy at good food matters

    these could be made into individual appetizers. so good! I like to change things up for Thanksgiving, too—introduce some new things to the table alongside the traditional favorites.

  12. 2 Sisters Recipes

    What a delicious idea! Who says you can’t put a twist on things, and, sometimes they may even turn out better , right? I totatlly understand the hubby thing, mine says no too! WE love Gruyere cheese and on these sweet potatoes with BACON sounds so yummy we have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Liz

    Oh, my gosh. I want to be at YOUR Thanksgiving table! What a wonderful way to prepare sweet potatoes!!!

  14. Joanne

    What adorable sweet potato rounds! I’ll be stopping by to pick up a few of these. 😛

  15. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Thanksgiving has always been all about the sides to me, the more the better and I love sweet potatoes!

  16. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    You know I’m totally getting into a rut with writing my recipe posts as well. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with all these descriptions and adjectives to just describe the food ,and most of the time people are not reading the words but just scanning down to the recipe, so I’ve gotten a bit shorter in my descriptions. Plus, I’m feeling overwhelmed with life and lately putting together a post can feel like writing a novel, so I’m leaning towards more of the short story sort of posts rather than the novels.
    These look great and I’m going to suggest them to my girlfriend whose trying to come up with an appetizer for Thanksgiving. I’m not the best with appetizers and she was looking for something creative and yummy and this looks perfect! I hope you have a fun weekend in store. Zoe has her big dance recital so it’s going to be a jam packed dance weekend and I can’t wait! BTW, I emailed you with a quick question ! Thanks! xoxo, Jackie

  17. Velva

    I think your sweet potato rounds would make a excellent holiday appetizers served with a glass of Prosecco. Very nice!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  18. val

    Such a great appetizer or it’s a meal in itself. Delish.

  19. lena

    what a fun way to eat sweet potatoes! i think i still hv some gruyere cheese in my house..okay..i’ll run ( not walk ) to the kitchen now..LOL! you’re funny !

  20. Mandy - The Complete Book

    These look fantastic and good for any occasion.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  21. Linda

    How did you know I was about to run into the kitchen and start slicing my sweet potatoes!! These are so clever and cute! I like the idea to serve these as an appetizer! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Happy Thanksgiving! I can see why we’re all rushing to the kitchen to see how many sweet potatoes are there!

  23. Gintare @Gourmantine

    Now that is just perfection! I bet these could go easily as a snack too!

  24. Geni

    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. These looks totally tantalizing. I would have liked to have been at your table!

  25. Kristy

    Your timing couldn’t be better! I have some Gruyere without a home. This will be DELICIOUS!

  26. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    You’re always so creative and have given me so many new ideas! Love that you used sweet potato rounds – I’ve never thought of using my favorite sweet potato for this! Brilliant! Also Gruyere and sweet potato, wow – It’s a MUST try and going to get these two ASAP! 😉

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