Sage Sweet Potatoes

And now, for the final recipe using homemade tortillas!  Baked sweet potatoes with brown butter and sage.  This will melt in your mouth and fill a light tortilla for a perfect lunch or dinner compliment.

The sage is understated, the browned butter makes it.  And the tortilla is an extra special way of getting the potatoes from the dish to your mouth. 

I tried this recipe, found in Williams-Sonoma’s Cooking From the Farmer’s Market, when my toddler and I needed a creative homemade lunch. 

(Whatchyoudoin’ taking my picture, Mama?)

We’re both fans of anything containing brown sugar; and if that’s you, too, you’ll love it!

(By the way, if you’re looking for a cookbook with drool-worthy photographs, this is it!  My in-laws gave me this treasure for my birthday, and I’m lovin’ it.  I keep it handy to flip through with Riley while I’m working in the kitchen.  Filled with large, boldly colored photographs of fresh local foods, this winner helps me cook, teach and salivate at the same time.  It even makes beets look appetizing.)

Baked Sage Sweet Potatoes


1/2 C + 2 TBS unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

4 lb of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1/4 C chopped fresh sage (I had to use powdered, so I sort of eye-balled it)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

(I adjusted ingredient measurements as I went.  Obviously, the two of us were not going to eat 4 lb of potatoes alone.  At least we shouldn’t.)


Preheat the oven to 425°F.  Butter a baking dish (I used a small ceramic gratin dish), and place the sweet potatoes in the dish. 


In a heavy frying pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the sage and salt and pepper to taste.  Continue to cook until the butter is deep golden brown, about 2 minutes more.

Pour the browned butter over the sweet potatoes and season with salt and pepper.  Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake the sweet potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes – just enough time to read a book to your kids, grab a shower, or take a snooze.  Transfer the potatoes to warmed tortillas…

roll the tortillas up any way you want to, and serve.

Sage Sweet Potatoes could easily be cut just like Elegant White Bean Spirals.  You can be unbelievably creative with a tortilla and a knife!


Even fantastic in toddler presentation with apple slices:

This is one of those dishes that would make television chefs go “Mm.  MMM!  mmmm…” the way they love to after tasting anything they’ve made.  It’s so simple.  I think the best foods are.  It will warm you up right down to your toes.

For a picture-free, easy-to-print version of this recipe, please click on the following link:


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