Sautéed Sweet Potatoes with Thyme


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Food for Friends

Food for Friends

By Levi Roots

Published 2010

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Here are a pair of Caribbean twists on a classic dish: use sweet potatoes instead of what we Jamaicans call ‘Irish potatoes’, and add some thyme.


  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3 cm (1¼ in) dice
  • salt and black pepper
  • 25 g (1 oz) butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 thyme sprigs


    1. Put the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan of salted water. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then drain.
    2. Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Add the sweet potatoes, garlic and thyme. Cook over a medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, turning the potatoes over after 5 minutes or so, and then again after another 5 minutes, until they are crisp and tender.
    3. Season well and serve immediately.