Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cognac Chestnuts
- 4 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into
1⁄2 inch cubes
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 lb. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
- 1 cup French chestnuts with cognac, halved
- 1⁄2 cup chopped green onions, green portions
In a large mixing bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes out on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast, stirring occasionally and rotating the pan after about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and golden around the edges, 45 to 50 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large fry pan over medium heat, fry the bacon, stirring occasionally and draining the fat from the pan as needed, until golden and crisp, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Drain all but 2 Tbs. fat from the pan. Add the chestnuts and sauté, stirring, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
Return the bacon to the pan along with the roasted potatoes and green onions. Stir to mix and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl and serve immediately.