HOW TO Make Some Truly Wonderful Sweet Potatoes


You! Stop! Drop those marshmallows! Before you make a mistake you'll regret, consider this recipe instead.

Grammy Althea's Marshmallow-Free, Awesome-Full Stove Top Sweet Potatoes

You'll Need

  • Sweet potatoes, probably about two pounds, peeled and chopped into thick hunks. Two pounds is approximate. You should have enough sweet potatoes, when chopped, to fill your skillet.
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pound of brown sugar
  • Water
  • Cast-iron skillet


1. Fill cast-iron skillet with peeled and chopped sweet potatoes.

2. Add enough water to not-quite-cover the sweet potatoes.

3. Cut stick of butter into pats and add it to the skillet. Add entire 1 lb. bag of brown sugar to the skillet as well.

4. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. The liquid should become thick and bubbly, like a gooey delicious tar pit. Sweet potatoes are done when they are soft and glazed-looking.

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