07 September 2011

"Necessity is the mother of invention."  So true.  I created this recipe to fill a specific need.  I am always looking for side dish recipes that can be made on the stovetop because I quite often have the main dish cooking away in the oven.  I don't like putting two dishes in the oven together; I have tried that in the past and it doesn't work out well for me.  It's really hard to find potato recipes that don't include the oven, and you get tired of mashed potatoes after a while!  So I decided to just wing it and try something on my own.  It worked out really well, so I thought I would share it with you.

Stovetop Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
Olive oil

Boil sweet potatoes 20-25 minutes or until tender.  Remove from water and place on cutting board.  Slice into ¼” slices.

Heat oil in a large saucepan.  Sprinkle one side of potato slices with salt and cumin.  When oil is hot, place potatoes seasoned side down.  Season other side.  Cook until brown on one side; flip and cook until brown on the other side.

Makes 3 servings.

This is really more of a method than a recipe, since there are no measurements for the seasonings.  And the cumin is just a suggestion; it's how I seasoned the potatoes the first time I made them because it fit with whatever my main dish was that night.  You can use any kind of seasoning you want, even just plain salt.  I'm sure cinnamon would be really good on it too, especially now that we're heading in to fall.

I have used this method with white potatoes too.  There are even more seasoning possibilities with those.

I really like how the potatoes are tender inside and slightly crunchy on the outside.  These potatoes would be good with a roasted chicken, or meatloaf, or anything really.

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  1. I love that you posted a recipe on the savory side of sweet potatoes. We enjoyed them very much!

  2. I'm so glad you liked them, Brandy! Thank you for taking the time to tell me!

  3. I tried this recipe for the first time tonight - because of exactly what you said; I have my main dish cooking in the oven, and I don't typically like how it turns out when you put multiple dishes in the oven. I'm cooking it with olive oil, dried oregano and italian seasonings. It was a big hit with my family (who doesn't like to eat healthy)!!

  4. Awesome! So glad you tried them and that your family liked them. Thanks so much for stopping by!