Stewed potatoes are one of my all-time favorite side dishes. They remind me of the classic, old-fashioned recipes that my grandmother used to make when I was growing up. These potatoes are delightfully creamy and require just a few simple ingredients – potatoes, onion, butter, bacon grease, spices, and stock or water.
These southern-style stewed potatoes are so easy to prepare and always satisfy our guests at dinner parties or family gatherings. Plus, they’re an excellent way to use up a few extra potatoes you may have on hand.
If you’re looking for a hearty and delicious side dish that’s sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds, read on to give our southern stewed potatoes a try!
What are the best potatoes for stewing?
As someone who loves making classic stewed potatoes, I’ve experimented with different potato varieties to find the best ones for this classic recipe. After trying out multiple types, I’ve found that waxy potatoes are the way to go.
Waxy potatoes, also known as boiling potatoes, have a high moisture content and low starch level, which makes them perfect for holding up in stews. Some of my favorites include Yukon Gold (mid-waxy), yellow, red, and fingerling potatoes.
These potatoes stay firm and creamy when cooked in stews or soups and don’t turn mushy or fall apart like other varieties can. Plus, they absorb flavors well and add a delicious richness to any dish.
So if you’re looking to make some stewed potatoes at home, opt for waxy varieties. I use yellow in the following recipe.
Are stewed potatoes healthy?
As someone who has been making stewed potatoes for years, I can confidently say that they are a healthy and delicious addition to any meal. Stewed potatoes are made by simply simmering in a flavorful mild broth until they become tender and creamy. This gives us a very hearty dish with simple ingredients.
First off, potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide long-lasting energy. They also contain fiber, vitamins C and B6, potassium, and iron.
But the key to keeping your stewed potatoes healthy is to use a low-sodium broth and limit added fats like butter or oil. Instead, try using simple garlic powder, salt and pepper for flavor. Of course, if you want them to taste the best, follow our recipe below, and include a bit of bacon grease for the ultimate indulgent simple side dish.
So go ahead and lets enjoy some classic stewed potatoes as a side dish for your next meal. Your taste buds and body will thank you!
Southern Stewed Potatoes
- 6 med to lg waxy potatoes, 1in chunks, peeled or un-peeled
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp bacon grease
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder (optional)
- Peel and chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces. We like them small, but you can do them any size you like!
- Place potato chunks into a pot, fill with water to just cover. Lessen the water for a firmer, less soupy stewed potatoes. Bring potatoes to a boil, making sure to stir often
- Add onion, butter, bacon grease, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Reduce to a low boil and cook until desired consistency. Enjoy!