Southern Stewed Potatoes: Grandmothers Recipe

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Stewed potatoes are a southern classic and this recipe comes from Sunday dinner’s at my grandmothers house, it’s very simple with 4 ingredients!

Stewed potatoes

Are you craving comfort food that brings warm memories of your grandmother’s kitchen? Look no further than this mouthwatering recipe for Southern stewed potatoes. Passed down through generations, this traditional dish is sure to satisfy your taste buds and warm your heart.

With just a handful of ingredients, including potatoes, onions, and bacon, these stewed potatoes are packed with flavor and goodness. The slow cooking process allows the ingredients to meld together, creating a rich and comforting dish that pairs perfectly with any main course.

Whether you’re cooking for yourself or hosting a family gathering, these Southern stewed potatoes are a must-have side dish. They’re versatile enough to complement both meat and vegetarian meals and are guaranteed to impress even the pickiest eaters. So, break out your trusty pot and get ready to experience a taste of the South with this cherished family recipe.

How To Make Stewed Potatoes

Ingredients needed

  • Russet potatoes
  • Onion
  • Butter
  • Bacon (for dripping)
  • Salt & black pepper

Helpful tips for an easier recipe before starting

  • If you have lard or bacon fat available to you then you will not need to add the bacon, use the lard. If you do use the bacon the recipe doesn’t have the bacon in the stewed potatoes, but I can bet you have a few ideas for your leftover bacon bits.
  • Do not add too much water to the recipe. You want the water to come slightly under the tops of the potatoes. It will look like there isn’t enough, but everything will melt together in the end.
  • Save the butter for the end. I know many people who feel having butter throughout the entire cooking is the best thing, but this is a mistake and a waste of butter. The butter shines when it’s the last ingredient added.
Stewed potatoes

Making the stewed potatoes recipe

  1. First, peel and slice up the potatoes. Then, in a large pot add in the bacon and cook on a medium to medium high heat. If you have lard or bacon fat jump to step 3.
  2. You want to render the fat from the bacon. Too much heat will cause the oil to slowly to burn off and you want to save it. The best way to do this is watching for too much steam. You want it hot but not too hot.
  3. Once the fat is rendered add in the onions and cook a little until fragrant. Next, toss in the chopped potatoes. Then, add water just under the potatoes.
  4. Bring the pot to a boil then lower it to a very light simmer. Now we will cover the pot and slowly cook the stewed potatoes until tender.
  5. Every 5-10 minutes come back and give the potatoes a stir.
  6. After about 20-25 minutes the water, oil and potatoes will become one, like you see in the photos. At this point the bottom will be dry, and you can turn off the stove.
  7. Lastly, toss in the butter then add salt and pepper to taste.

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Stewed potatoes

Stewed Potatoes

Stewed potatoes are a southern classic and this recipe comes from Sunday dinner's at my grandmothers house, it's very simple with 4 ingredients!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peelt & chopped
  • 1/4 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 strips bacon (sub with 2-3 TB lard)
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, peel and slice up the potatoes. Then, in a large pot add in the bacon and cook on a medium to medium high heat. If you have lard or bacon fat jump to step 3.
  • You want to render the fat from the bacon. Too much heat will cause the oil to slowly to burn off and you want to save it. The best way to do this is watching for too much steam. You want it hot but not too hot.
  • Once the fat is rendered add in the onions and cook a little until fragrant. Next, toss in the chopped potatoes. Then, add water just under the potatoes.
  • Bring the pot to a boil then lower it to a very light simmer. Now we will cover the pot and slowly cook the stewed potatoes until tender.
  • Every 5-10 minutes come back and give the potatoes a stir.
  • After about 20-25 minutes the water, oil and potatoes will become one, like you see in the photos. At this point the bottom will be dry, and you can turn off the stove.
  • Lastly, toss in the butter then add salt and pepper to taste.
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