These old-fashioned stewed potatoes are a quick and easy way to add some “wow” to your meal time plans. This southern side dish is so budget-friendly, filling, and so easy to make. The best part is that this can be personalized by each individual so everyone will love this side dish option. The perfect comfort food to warm your insides and your heart!
WHAT ARE STEWED POTATOES?
Stewed potatoes are a chunky potato served in a thick starchy sauce created simply from the potatoes themselves and water. They are not creamed or mashed potatoes that add cream or milk but the sauce is created by the potatoes themselves. Stewed potatoes are basically boiled potatoes and you create the “wow” factor with seasonings, bacon, bacon grease, and whatever other add-ons you enjoy
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR STEWED POTATOES
Only a few household staple ingredients are needed so you can make these any time. When you are looking for an easy side dish that is amazing as it is, or when you want to allow your table-mates the ability to customize their meal, this is a wonderful option.
POTATOES Can’t make stewed potatoes without potatoes. I use Russet potatoes because of the way they break down in water to create a thick, starchy sauce, but you can use any potato of your choice.
WATER The water softens the potatoes and creates the thick sauce for this stewed potato side dish. The amount needed really depends on the size of the pot used.
BACON GREASE Bacon grease adds so much flavor to any meal and it absolutely does the same for this side dish.
BUTTER The butter not only helps to create the thick, smooth, starchy sauce it also adds that buttery flavor I absolutely love on my potatoes.
ONION FLAKES Onion flakes simply add that hint of onion flavor.
ADD-ONS Add-on choices are plentiful with this dish. You can add different seasoning from garlic to ranch seasoning and more. You can also try sour cream, chives, shredded cheese, or bacon pieces. The choices are endless and up to each individual.
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HOW TO MAKE STEWED POTATOES STEP-BY-STEP
Easy peasy recipe that is customizable for each individual enjoying it! Besides the amazing taste and choices this only requires a few simple ingredients to make. Let’s go!
First off you want to simply peel and wash your potatoes. Then you slice and chop them into approximately 1″ cubes.
Next dump the potato cubes into a large pot and add water just up to the top of the potatoes and turn the heat onto a medium heat and we are off.
Now just gently stir them on occasion as they boil to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. Wow, we are almost done already.
Finally, the potatoes get soft enough to easily pierce with a fork without falling apart taking approximately 10 minutes. Turn the heat off at this point.
If there is extra water you can drain it off. Add in your butter, bacon grease, onion flakes and salt and pepper if desired and gently toss to coat. The more you mix the smaller the potato chunk become and the liquid is now thicker and delicious!
Serve it up with all the fixing so everyone can create the dish of their choice. Some of the add-ons include: sour cream, chives, garlic powder, ranch seasoning, shredded cheese, and bacon pieces!
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KITCHEN TIPS *Only add water until it just reaches the top of the potatoes *Only boil the potatoes until you can easily pierce them. Any longer they will break down and you will end up with mashed potatoes. *Bacon grease adds amazing taste but can be omitted. *White potatoes like Russet create a thicker starch sauce but you can use any potato you prefer.
HOW DO I SAVE ANY LEFTOVER? Let’s be serious, there won’t be any leftover. However, on the strange chance that there are you can simple keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 day.
CAN I FREEZE STEWED POTATOES? The quick answer is yes. However, when you thaw and reheat them they will basically become mashed potatoes. The thawing and reheating process causes them to break down further creating mashed potatoes.
WHICH POTATOES ARE BEST FOR STEWED POTATOES? I feel that white potatoes are the best because the way they boil helps to create the thick, starchy sauce, but you can use any potato you want. I like to use Russet potatoes as they are the best choice for the money. Have you noticed how much the cost of potatoes have gone up in the last year? Russets are still the best bang for your buck where I live.
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- 1 potato peeler
- 1 sharp knife and a cutting board
- 1 Large pot
- 8 Potatoes
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp bacon grease
- 2 tsp Onion flakes
- Chopped bacon or bacon bits
- shredded cheese
- ranch seasoning
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- First peel and rinse off your potatoes.
- Slice and chop your potatoes into 1" or smaller cubes.
- Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Just enough water to get to the top of the potatoes.
- Bring the water to a boil and cook until they are tender but not falling apart. Just able to be pierced easily with a fork.
- Now turn off the heat and add in the butter, bacon grease, onion flakes, as well as, salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss to combine. Be gentle because the more you mix the smaller the potato chunks will become and the thicker the liquid will become.
Add the toppings of your choice
- This is up to your preference. You can add anything from shredded cheese, sour cream, to bacon pieces. You can provide all the options and let each individual choose for themselves.
- I am using Russet potatoes for this recipe but you can choose your own. I feel like Russet or White potatoes create the best “stew” like liquid for this dish but you can experiment with other types.
- If you end up with too much liquid you can drain off excess water or if it’s too dry add a little more water.
- The seasoning options are endless and totally up to you. These potatoes are great with onion flakes, garlic powder, ranch seasoning, chives, sour cream, bacon bits. This is totally up to you. Provide all the options and let everyone decide for themselves.