Sweet Potato, Butterscotch, Bacon and Goat Cheese Quesadilla

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Renee from Attack of the Hungry Monster to the ES family. Renee is a self-taught home chef who loves coming up with new recipes — and she dreamed up the dish listed above and pictured below, so…yeah, she’s an ES-er.

I am so excited about being here I can hardly contain myself!  Endless Simmer is one of my favorite blogs.  I mean, come on, chocolate peanut butter bacon strips?  There’s no turning back now, people.

But let’s talk about my latest food fixation. The humble sweet potato.

Oh, it doesn’t look like much, but any fitness blog or magazine will tell you it is a nutritional powerhouse (which is like the coolest word ever invented). Nutrition aside, this baby is tasty.  It’s sweet and savory at the same time and that is my jam.

I’m also eating a lot of butterscotch chips these days. How good are those? So that led me to the obvious idea of combining the goodness of salty bacon with the richness of goat cheese, plus the sweetness of butterscotch and sweet potatoes (I’m kind of into weird food combinations…can  you tell?).

The butterscotch brings out the sugary side of the spuds, and the bacon and goat cheese play up the savory notes (think sweet potato pie with bacon and goat cheese). Basically, this quesadilla will blow your mind and tickle all corners of your taste buds.  Wait, do taste buds have corners?  I’m pretty sure they are round, so maybe not.  Metaphorical corners, then.

Sweet Potato, Butterscotch, Bacon & Goat Cheese Quesadilla

Serves 1

2 tortillas (I used a whole wheat, high-fiber tortilla)
½ of a medium baked sweet potato
2 – 3 tbsp goat cheese crumbles
3 – 4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
2 tbsp butterscotch chips (don’t be scared)
Butter or oil for cooking

Scoop the flesh out of the sweet potato & smear on one tortilla, layer the other ingredients in there and top with other tortilla.

Picture just shows 2 strips of bacon. Don't worry; more was added later.

Cook in lightly buttered or oiled skillet or on griddle pan until golden, flip and repeat with the other side.

Cut and serve.  I like to cut mine with a pizza cutter.


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  • Jonathan Walters April 17, 2012  

    That is very disgusting. Butterscotch? Ok, so I dont like butterscotch to start with. “Goat cheese” and “quesadilla” goes together well, but I’m still not sure about the sweet potato either…

  • hungry monster April 17, 2012  

    Hi, Jonathan. Thanks for your comment, although I don’t think you can really call it “very disgusting” if you haven’t tried it. Maybe try it without the butterscotch or try it with some dark chocolate 😉

  • Mike April 17, 2012  

    Geez…calm down Jonathan!!! Like the intro says, “salty bacon with the richness of goat cheese, plus the sweetness of butterscotch and sweet potatoes”…and we all know salty and sweet go well together (candied bacon anyone?!?!?!….yum!!!)

    You’re attitude towards the sweet potato, however, is a bit unusual…goats cheese and sweet potato are a well known match made in heaven 🙂

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