If you are looking for a kid-friendly vegetable dish, this pan-fried sweet potatoes and leeks with honey is perfect for you. The sweet potatoes caramelize to make a delicious side dish for any night of the week.
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Today is all about simplicity.
Do you ever need an easy recipe that is simple to make? Our family loves sweet potatoes. No matter how picky my kids are, this is the one vegetable they will always eat.
No long ingredient lists, complicated steps, or hard to find ingredients. Just an easy sweet potato side dish recipe that is perfect all year round. This pan-cooked sweet potato dish is paleo, vegan, and totally kid-friendly.
Sweet potatoes, leeks, coconut oil, and honey. Just four ingredients, yet these four ingredients yield a wonderful flavor. The honey caramelizes to creates a glaze on the sweet potatoes.
This side dish is a tasty accompaniment to any dish, including spicy foods. It is really easy to cook sweet potatoes on the stove. I use a cast-iron skillet because it gets really hot and makes the sweet potatoes a little crispy.
Dinner is always best with two or more sides so here are some additional gluten free side dishes to choose from :-).
💭 Top tip:
Use coconut oil or another high heat oil. Do not use olive oil in the pan. Olive oil is not made for high heat and can add an off taste if you use it in this recipe.)
You can cut your sweet potatoes thinly, or in thicker slices.
Slice your leeks thinly. They will caramelize as they cook adding a deliciously sweet flavor to your sweet potatoes.
Can you use yams?
Of course...yams have a very similar flavor profile to sweet potatoes.
Are pan-fried sweet potatoes healthy?
This recipe uses coconut oil, which is a healthy fat. Sweet potatoes are full of nutrients, as are leeks. You will find this recipe is much healthier than regular potatoes.
⏲️ Cook time
It takes about 15-20 minutes to pan fry sweet potatoes, depending on how crispy you like them.
🍲 Main meals:
Serve one of these delicious gluten free recipes with the pan-fried sweet potatoes for a great family dinner.
- Cast iron skillet. This is the best pan to make your sweet potatoes caramelize in high heat.
- Coconut oil is my favorite oil when cooking with high heat.
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Sweet Potato and Leeks with Honey
- 4 sweet potatoes sliced
- 2 leeks sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large cast iron skillet, heat oil on medium heat.
- Add sweet potatoes and leeks.
- Cook until done. (The sweet potatoes will be soft if you stick a fork in it.)
- Turn heat to low.
- Drizzle with honey.
- Toss to coat.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
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