Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti

Crisp fronds of sweet potato giving way to a soft interior studded with smoky bacon bits make these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti the best brunch dish you’ll have this weekend.

overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

It’s not all about the cakes round here. It mostly is, I’m not going to lie. However, this October I have been doing things a little bit differently. Even before I started making cakes for a living I struggled with my weight, I was always on this diet or that but I love food and I am greedy which is why I find it so hard to lose weight. In my twenties I had so much more restraint but it has always been a constant struggle. When I became gluten-free and started exercising properly with my personal trainer I lost a bunch of weight as I was eating the right food for my body and my little excesses here and there were cancelled out by lots of running or crossfit, whatever I was into at the time.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

However, for the past three years I have been finding the weight issue even more of a battle. I have had two children and have been snacking and carb loading to excess to counteract major sleep deprivation and utter exhaustion. Then of course I make and recipe develop gluten-free cakes for a living so there’s that.

Since having Beau I have been more mindful of taking more time for my fitness. I am lucky enough to attend a local Mum’s Rehab Fitness class which allows you to bring your children which has been a game changer and I can slowly feel myself getting stronger and my body is feeling less battered. Then this past month I have finally found the motivation to revisit my food choices and I have been going back to basics with a clean living Whole30 diet. I have done a few Whole30s before, my very first I documented on the blog four years ago, but this time round I am really enjoying it instead of finding it a chore. It feels good to exert some self control back into my everyday food intake and hopefully once my 30 days are up my sugar levels will be balanced enough that I won’t freefall back into bad habits.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

One of the meals I find the hardest to navigate though is breakfast. I basically have no time for it and eggs, which seem to be the staple of a lot of Whole30 breakfasts, are just not for me at all. So when I was calling on my insta crowd for some inspiration, one lovely member suggested I look to an old recipe of mine. I wrote about these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti in my first Whole30 back in 2014. I made them constantly for a time, they were really popular with readers and then I…just…forgot about them. The recipe has been languishing in my archives waiting for its time to shine once more.

I have re-discovered these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti with a vengeance this past week and made a huge batch which I, and both children, have been devouring with abandon. Carefully restrained abandon on my part since I am trying not to overeat.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

You obviously don’t need to be on a Whole30 to enjoy these as they are so delicious!!! Grated sweet potato and onion brought together with eggs and coconut flour with crispy bacon bits within. The crisp little edges are really where it’s at, shallow fried to perfection in ghee. If you aren’t doing the Whole30 you might choose to not bother with ghee, but I’ve come to really enjoy the taste of it these past few weeks and it’s an excellent cooking fat due to its higher burning point. I’d heartily recommend you give ghee a go.

straight on shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

I have been eating my Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti with a bit of blanched kale and dipped into a quick green tahini sauce. Yup, I do breakfast time a bit weird around here, but it really works for me. My breakfast and brunch game has been completely revitalised with these crisp little nuggets and I’ll absolutely make sure that when my Whole30 is up this time they will continue to be on my breakfast time rotation. Although to restrict these rosti to breakfast or brunch would be a grave error. I can tell you right now you’ll be wanting to make them for lunch and dinner as well. I’m here to tell you that you can! Have at it! Go wild!

overhead shot of Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti on a metal tray with tahini sauce

Since I can’t leave well enough alone I have also tweaked the recipe a little bit from its original incarnation to make it a little bit easier and steamlined the ingredients and method a little more.

I urge you to give these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rostis a try, they are so easy and delicious. If you do make these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rostis then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you make the recipe or use it as a building block for another delicious creation, I’d also love it if you tag me on instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your creations and variations of my recipes.

p.s. sorry about two sweet potato recipes in a roll, I’m obviously in the zone!

Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti

These crisp and easy Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti are perfect for your weekend brunch.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Keyword: sweet potato bacon rosti, sweet potato bacon rosti recipe
Servings: 8 rostis
Calories: 166kcal
Author: Georgina Hartley

Ingredients

  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 sweet potatoes about 500g total
  • 1 onion
  • 30 g coconut flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

Instructions

  • First place the bacon rashers under the grill.
  • Whilst the bacon is grilling you can peel and grate the sweet potatoes and the onion.
  • Add the coconut flour and eggs to the sweet potato and onion shreds.
  • When the bacon is ready cut it into small pieces and add that to the sweet potato mixture, mixing in it is dispersed evenly.
  • Mix in very well with your hands squeezing so it all binds together.
  • Heat a tablespoon of ghee on a low-medium heat in a large frying pan.
  • Scoop up half a handful of the rosti mixture and squeeze into a ball with your hands. Drop into the frying pan and flatten slightly into a circle. Repeat so you cook a few rostis at a time. You will probably need to cook the rostis in batches of 4 depending on how big your saucepan is.
  • Fry on a gentle heat for about 4 minutes until the bottom of the rostis are lightly golden. Then flip over with a spatula and fry on the other side for another 3 minutes until also lightly golden. Remove and place onto kitchen paper to remove the excess grease then serve or keep warm in the oven until they are all ready.

Notes

*for speed I have also used 1 teaspoon onion granules in the past and they have worked brilliantly.
*I have also used almond flour in place of coconut flour and it's worked well too.

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 93.4% | Vitamin C: 2.2% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 3.2%

SHOP THE RECIPE

I have been using this Ghee Easy Organic Ghee, 850 g in my Whole30. Actually I always found that replacing butter with ghee one of the sticking points in previous Whole30s but this time round I’m loving it and will definitely continue to cook with ghee after the 30 days are up.

One of my very favourite saucepans is my cast iron skillet pan and it is what I use for these Sweet Potato and Bacon Rosti. I originally asked Luke to get me this for Christmas a couple of years ago as I was keen on an implement that could be easily transferred from hob to oven and this is ideal. I use it mostly for cooking whole chicken breasts, by searing the chicken on in the skillet on the hob and then finishing off for 10 minutes in the oven. It’s now invaluable to me and the pan I have is the Dust 40510-617-0 Frypan with cast iron handle, cast iron, black, 26 cm which I love love love.

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Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
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I’m a big fan of bacon sandwiches.  Yeah yeah sure, everyone loves bacon, gimme something new.  When I was travelling around Ghana for a few months back in my early twenties it was bacon sandwiches that I would talk about long into the night with my fellow travellers.  Whilst they were missing family, beloved cats, hot showers, I was boring them all senseless with the lyricism of big slabs of white farmhouse slathered with butter, a mound of crisp bacon and a squeeze of the sweet red stuff.  When I got back to the UK I headed straight for the airport lounge and had the crappiest bacon sandwich of my life.  Well, it probably was crappy, with floppy bread, microwaved watery bacon and non branded saccharine ketchup but at the time it tasted like home.

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All of this preamble is a roundabout way of saying I had a pot of last year’s marmalade lounging on my kitchen counter when I made my bacon sandwich this weekend.  I barely thought about it before I was digging deep into the sticky amber and heaping teaspoons of it on top of my bacon.

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Caramelised Bacon and Marmalade Muffins

makes about 12

200g smoked streaky bacon
1½ tbsp light soft brown sugar
175g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g light soft brown sugar
525g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
160g marmalade
300ml whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp marmalade for glazing

  1. Place the bacon on a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Bake at 180°C for 20-30mins until the bacon is glistening, golden and slightly crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and set aside to cool. Once cool roughly chop the bacon.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar for a couple of minutes until pale and smooth. Add the plain flour and baking powder and mix together until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the marmalade, milk, eggs and vanilla until incorporated.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, along with the bacon and mix quickly until they are all just combined. Don’t worry if the batter is lumpy or even if there is a bit of flour showing. It’s important not to over mix.
  5. Divide into muffin cases, filling the batter right to the top and bake for 20-25 mins.
  6. Warm the marmalade for the glaze in a saucepan for a couple of minutes then brush over the muffins as soon as they are removed from the oven.