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Ultimate Vegetable Mash with Bacon

Mashed potatoes are the traditional comfort food, but sweet potatoes, onion and maple syrup combine to provide a taste of fall’s bounty. Pairs nicely with a hot chicken pot pie.

 2 lbs (1 kg) peeled and cubed sweet potato
 4 strips Ontario bacon
 1 cup (250 mL) minced onion
 1 clove garlic, minced
 1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
 ½ tsp (2 mL) each salt and fresh cracked pepper
Steps:
1

In large saucepan, arrange sweet potatoes. Pour in enough water just to cover. Bring to boil, reduce to heat to maintain simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; cover.

2

In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan to paper towel-lined plate. Let cool. Crumble bacon. Set aside.

3

Drain all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the fat from the pan. Return to medium heat and cook onions until they are tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute more. Add onion mixture to sweet potatoes. Mash with crumbled bacon, maple syrup, salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:
4

Makes 4 servings

Beer Pairing Suggestions: Old Credit Brewery’s Amber Ale, Brick’s Waterloo Dark, Neustadt Scottish Pale Ale, Trafalgar Elora Irish, Steelback’s Maple and Nickel Brook Brewery’s Ale.

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Ontario’s Angels Gate Winery, 2004 Merlot is smooth with supple mouth feel and conveys the dark fruit and rich tones of the nose beautifully. A lingering, warm finish brings this wine to a close with subtlety.