Crash Sweet Potatoes

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I know what you’re thinking. “She’s just copying Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes.”

Nope. I’m merely adapting.

Actually, I think I was inspired. Isn’t that a key element of our passion as food bloggers? We inspire each other everyday. We actually seek inspiration. I have found that I gain inspiration from so many things; but it’s the unconventional that stands out the most to me.

I’m a nurse at a long term care/rehab facility. About a week ago, I was in the room of an 80 year old patient when her breakfast tray was brought in. On her plate, she had a bowl of grits, a boiled egg and crumbled bacon. As if she had done this a million times, she put the bacon on top of her grits along with a pat of butter, then added a packet of sugar. Then she stirred it all up. AND she smeared it on her biscuit.

People add sugar to grits everyday (which is such a slap in the face to grits, I mean really), but the fact that she added the salty bacon along with sugar was intriguing to me.  In other words, she’s going through the motions eating a regular everyday meal, in an unconventional way. I LOVE that.

What inspires you?


Crash Sweet Potatoes

3 sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into thick discs

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 375°.

Bring water to a boil in a large pan; add potato discs and boil for about 10-12 minutes, or until soft – NOT all the way done but almost. Mix together the brown sugar through salt.

Drain the potatoes and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Using a potato masher, carefully mash down on each disc.

Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture evenly on the potatoes, then give each one a good drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.


Easy side dish – and oh, so yummy.



Have a great week!



  • fatpiginthemarket
    March 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    At the moment your Crash Sweet Potatos are inspiring me! Also…I would totally add bacon to grits. And butter.

  • Kim Bee
    March 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    These look smashing. *giggles*

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)
    February 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Oh yeah. This looks super tasty. Great spices and technique here. I am constantly inspired by other foodies. It’s the way of the world. 🙂

  • Genêt
    February 27, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    They look delicious Shea and I’m always looking for new ways to prepare sweet potatoes since the entire family eats them!

  • Dixie Chik
    February 27, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Thanks Genet!

  • [email protected]
    February 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    I do love sweet potatoes, is it okay if I will add some butter instead of olive oil?

  • Dixie Chik
    February 27, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    Of course – butter will work just fine! Thanks Raquel!

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