This recipe was born out of what ingredients I happened to have on hand. A number of long, curvy sweet potatoes arrived in my organic produce box along with the kale and it seemed the two had developed a relationship on the way to my house. So, I decided to keep them together. A quick rummage through my produce drawer uncovered some fresh sage. Taking inspiration from this pizza recipe, I decided to toss in some caramelized red onion for good measure.

The result was a perfect double date. Sweet Potato and Kale sizzled and got steamy in the deep skillet for awhile. Meanwhile, over in the frying pan, things were heating up for Red Onion and Sage, along with a little help from some butter to loosen conversation. Finally, the couples intermingled and it turned out, they were VERY compatible.

Sweet Potatoes with Kale, Caramelized Red Onion & Fresh Sage
Makes 3-4 servings as a main dish or 5-6 as a side dish

1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 cups sweet potatoes cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup kale, washed and torn in bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons butter
1 small red onion, about 1/2 cup sliced
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
Course salt and pepper

Heat oil in a deep skillet or other pan with a lid. Saute the cubes of sweet potato in the hot oil for about 3 minutes. Add water and cover. Cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are getting soft but not mushy. Add a few spoons of water as needed to keep the pan moist. Add the kale, cover and continue cooking about 2-4 more minutes. Kale should be slightly wilted and potatoes soft when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tablespoon butter in a pan. Add onion and cook on low-medium heat until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the second tablespoon of butter to the onion pan and once melted, add fresh sage. Let cook 2 minutes while stirring until sage is fragrant. Add the onion and sage to the potato and kale mixture and gently toss to mix together. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve with crunchy baguette toast on the side.

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11 Responses to “Sweet Potatoes with Kale, Caramelized Red Onion & Fresh Sage”

  1. cara Says:

    Oh dang! This sounds and looks so good! I even have some sweet potatoes and kale I need to use. Unfortunately, I’m going out of town before I’ll be able to do anything with them. Boo. :( I hope I can try this recipe soon!

  2. Kaitlyn Says:

    I love sweet potatoes! I’ve always just roasted them in the oven, but this recipe looks like a great new way to cook them. I’ll have to give it a try sometime soon!

  3. molly Says:

    that looks sooo good! I love the flavors in your dish. kale is so fing tasty! and with caramelized red o’s and sassy sage. fogetaboutit

  4. Andrea Says:

    This is the second recipe that I’ve tried from your website and it was equally as delicious as the first.

    Living in China I have some difficulties finding the ingredients that I would like. I had some bok choy in the fridge so I used that instead of kale and I used fresh basil instead of fresh sage. Yummy.

    I can’t wait to make this dish again! Thanks you.

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  6. Cori Says:

    Delicious! My husband who doesn’t particularly like sweet potatoes liked this.
    It took me a lot longer to caramelize the onions – more like 45 mins. to an hour. If I put the heat up higher than very low, the onions just browned instead of caramelized.
    While I used water to steam the potatoes this time, I think apple cider instead of water would add some depth to the flavors. Thanks for sharing the recipe. We’ll make it again!

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    Loved this recipe – wife and I were having black beans and rice, and needed to use one large sweet potato. This was a wonderful accompaniment to the black beans, and is a dish we’ll be sure to create many times over.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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