Crash Sweet Potatoes


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!



  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. fatpiginthemarket

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

  2. Kim Bee

    These look smashing. *giggles*

  3. Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    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. 🙂

  4. Genêt

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

    1. Dixie Chik

      Thanks Genet!

  5. [email protected]

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

    1. Dixie Chik

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

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