brown butter baked sweet potatoes on a pan

Savory Brown Butter Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Can “sweet” and “savory” be used in the same sentence when it comes to food? Contrasting flavors that may not seem like obvious combinations sometimes just “work” and complement each other beautifully. That’s the case with this delectable spud recipe. Savory brown butter baked sweet potatoes are made up of the perfect blend of flavors that makes my taste buds sing!


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brown butter baked sweet potatoes on a pan

The timelessness of a baked potato

Baked potatoes can be a bountiful side or dolled up as an entire meal. There’s something classic about a loaded baked potato, but I love to add fun twists with caramelized onions, jalapenos, or even shredded chicken!

I used to mainly pan-fry potatoes to accompany breakfast, or boil potatoes for mashed potatoes. But recently I’ve discovered how exciting baking potatoes can be. 

There are endless combinations of delicious toppings to make your baked potato unique and utterly delicious

Let’s uncover the perfect combo of sweet and savory with these brown butter baked sweet potatoes!

brown butter baked sweet potatoes on a pan

how to: make baked sweet potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 

sweet potatoes

Following proper baked potato procedure, repeatedly pierce each potato with a fork. Pour a small amount of olive oil on the potatoes and rub to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until they give slightly when squeezed.

Set aside.

How to: Caramelize onions

While the potatoes are baking, we can start on the caramelized onions. 

Check out my recent post on caramelizing onions and the best pan to use for best results!

Heat a carbon steel or cast iron pan over medium heat.

Thinly slice an onion. Melt butter in the pan and then add the onions to the pan

To speed up the process, add a few teaspoons of brown sugar. If the pan starts to get dry, add a splash of water or beef broth and stir.

onions

Allow the onions to cook low and slow until caramelized, about 30 minutes.

How to: brown butter and toast walnuts

Melt butter in a light-colored saucepan over medium heat. A dark pan is fine, but it is a little more challenging to tell when the butter turns brown.

brown butter

Cook until a rich brown color develops, whisking often. Remove from heat quickly.

Once cooled slightly, transfer all but 1 tbsp to a bowl.

walnuts

Add the walnuts to the remaining brown butter and heat over medium-low. Toast the walnuts for 3-4 minutes and set aside.

how to: assemble brown butter baked sweet potatoes

hollow potatoes

Once the potatoes have cooled, cut in half and scoop out the filling into a large bowl.

potato mixture

Add caramelized onions, brown butter, and walnuts to the bowl and mix until combined.

potatoes

Fill each potato skin with the potato mixture until full. Top with cheese.

Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese browns. Top with fresh parsley and serve!

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brown butter baked sweet potatoes on a pan
brown butter baked sweet potatoes on a pan

Savory Brown Butter Baked Sweet Potatoes

Savory brown butter baked sweet potatoes are made up of contrasting sweet and savory flavors that complement each other beautifully.
5 from 24 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown butter, caramelized, sweet potato

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper as needed
  • 5 tbsp butter separated
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar optional
  • water, or broth as needed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 cup havarti cheese shredded
  • parsley to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Repeatedly pierce each potato with a fork. Pour a small amount of olive oil on the potatoes and rub to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until they give slightly when squeezed.
  • While the potatoes bake, heat a medium pan over medium heat. Melt 1 tbsp butter in the pan and then add in the onions. To speed up the process, add brown sugar. If the pan starts to get dry, add a splash of water or beef broth and stir.
    Allow the onions to cook low and slow until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  • In a separate pan, melt 4tbsp butter over medium heat. Cook until a rich brown color develops, whisking often. Remove from heat quickly. Once cooled slightly, transfer all but 1 tbsp to a bowl.
  • Add walnuts to the remaining brown butter and heat over medium-low. Toast the walnuts for 3-4 minutes and set aside.
  • Cut each potato in half and scoop out the filling into a large bowl. Mix in caramelized onions, brown butter, and walnuts until combined. Fill each potato skin with the potato mixture until full. Top with cheese.
  • Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. Top with fresh parsley and serve!
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57 thoughts on “Savory Brown Butter Baked Sweet Potatoes”

  1. 5 stars
    Holy heck these look amazing! I’ve made stuffed sweet potatos before and my Mum and i really love them. I tend to do them with cheese, bacon, herbs and veggies. But always looking for different ingredients to throw in. You know what, this has encouraged me to grab some sweet potatos with the shop this week to make them!

  2. These look absolutely delicious! I love baked potatoes but if you can pump them up with a new filling, it’s a whole new game! I never thought about adding walnuts and caramelised onions! An absolute must-try! Thanks for sharing x

  3. This looks great! And I wouldn’t have thought of it myself. Thanks for sharing and adding the tips and tricks how to achieve each step with the best result 🙂

  4. Sweet potatoes are one of those foods where I like it but don’t love it but I’ve always been kind of stumped as to what to do with them beyond sweet potato fries. This version looks delicious, I don’t think I have ever cooked with walnuts before, so it will be fun to give this a try.

  5. These looks scrumptious! I love any food recipes when it come to sweet potatoes. Definitely bookmarked this post for later in mood of baking🤩

  6. This recipe looks absolutely incredible and right up my street! I haven’t had sweet potatoes in so long so I will definitely be cooking this soon! Thank you so much for the recipe and inspiration!x

  7. Alyssa Hixenbaugh

    5 stars
    Sweet potatoes are delicious sweet or savory! I’m always excited to try out a new recipe featuring them.

  8. 5 stars
    These baked sweet potatoes are absolutely mouth watering! They’re perfect for a family dinner, but also I can easily picture serving them for a holiday or other special occasion. Brava!

  9. 5 stars
    Wow, these look amazing and now I am asking myself why I never buy sweet potatoes??? They are officially on my list and this recipe is happening as soon as I get them!

  10. These look absolutely yummy, and I am a girl who isn’t that much in sweet potatoes. I would still want to try out the recipe and see if the sweet potato works for me in here.

  11. These look absolutely amazing! I love sweet potatoes, but I actually haven’t had a baked sweet potato. I have only had them in a casserole or as fries. This will be added to my list of recipes to try! Thank you!

  12. 5 stars
    I adore sweet potato but I have never thought to make them like this before.

    These really do look absolutely delicious! I am definitely going to give these a go, Thank you x

  13. This really is such an excellent combination of sweet and savory. I’m allergic to white potatoes so I love getting to enjoy sweet potatoes in any kind of savory way. I’d have to go without the onion (another terrible allergy) but this sounds totally delicious! I’m definitely interested in trying it soon.

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