Sweet potato… The fluorescent orange alternative to its equally boring white, or Yukon Gold brethren. When not trying to be like a regular potato — either getting mashed, or cut into french fry form — the sweet potato can be extraordinary, but needs some help. And as we’ve learned, nothing plays a better supporting role than a pork-flavored sidekick.
Casting bacon in this role would be a mistake — it would just hog the spotlight, and we’re merely trying to complement the sweet potato. Our pork co-star for this installment of Power to the People is bacon’s Italian cousin, pancetta.