Cast Iron Skillet: Crispy Sweet Potatoes
Crispy, golden brown sweet potatoes cooked with delicious herbs in a cast iron skillet. These sweet potatoes are a favorite side dish at our home and I promise that they are really simple to make!
First things first, if you don't own a cast iron skillet, go get you one! My favorites are the 10 inch and 12 inch. It's seriously the most useful skillet I have ever owned. You never have to worry about the nonstick stuff flaking off or if there might be some harmful chemical lurking in your skillet. Besides, the most delicious foods come from cooking in cast iron, at least in my opinion. When you get cast iron, use it often and follow these simple steps for keeping it clean.
I love making these sweet, crispy, golden sweet potatoes at least a few times a week. This is an incredible versatile dish. You can add whatever seasonings that you personally enjoy but my very favorites are Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Celtic Salt and Pepper.
I am hoping that you can follow along with how to create these crispy sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet because I am probably not the best recipe writer. There are certain recipes that I have to have a recipe card for and then there are recipes like this, where I just wing it. It's pretty basic and you really can't screw this up.
First things first. Go fry up a pound of bacon and save the grease. You could save the bacon for another meal or you know, just go ahead and eat the bacon while waiting for the potatoes to cook. I would eat the bacon, just saying. Bacon grease is my secret for the best crispy sweet potatoes. Now, I know some may panic at the thought of using bacon grease but I promise it's okay. I purchase organic bacon and I am not afraid to use the grease to cook in. You can use butter in place of the bacon, it that's your preference.
When cooking in cast iron, always allow the skillet to warm up before you add your ingredients. For this recipe, turn the stove on medium and allow the bacon grease and skillet to warm up. Peel and dice your sweet potatoes into cubes. Once the skillet is warm, add the sweet potatoes and cover the skillet with a lid. I don't personally own a specific cast iron lid, although you can purchase them in different sizes. I own the iron round griddle and use it is a lid on my 10" skillet. So, win win situation because I can use it as a lid and as the griddle.
Now, just allow your potatoes to cook. I know you are going to be tempted to stand there, take the lid off and stir the potatoes but please don't! This will cause your sweet potatoes to fall apart. I usually let mine cook for about 6 minutes, then go and give them one flip. You want to give them time to brown on the bottom. Once you make these a few times, you will learn just how long to leave the potatoes to crisp up to the desired crispness that you love. Continue to allow the sweet potatoes to crisp on all sides until tender, turning them occasionally as they cook.
Once your sweet potatoes are getting close to being finished, add your herbs. Give the sweet potatoes a couple good turns with a spatula to make sure they all get coated well with the seasonings. You can check to see if your sweet potatoes are done by using a fork to test for desired tenderness. Sweet potatoes are one of those foods that everyone has an opinion on. My husband likes them really really crispy and I just prefer a bit of crisp. So, it's all in preference to your taste.
Once finished, transfer to a plate and enjoy! They are delicious!
Cast Iron Skillet Recipe: Crispy Sweet Potatoes
- 4-5 Medium, peeled, diced Sweet Potatoes
- 1 lb cooked, chopped (save bacon grease or use butter instead) Bacon
- 1/2 tsp Rosemary
- 1/2 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp Sage
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
Want to know how to care for your cast iron skillets? Then be sure to check out the post, How To Properly Use and Care For Cast Iron.