Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

In the winter, warm side dishes like these Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples are total favorites of mine. I mean, is there anything about that recipe name that doesn’t scream comfort food?

Winter can be a struggle for me. Let’s just say that Seasonal Affective Disorder is definitely a thing, and it affects a lot of people whether they realize it or not. I certainly recognize it this winter. I feel incredibly lazy, and most of the time I just want to lie around. It’s just not a fun time.

To make it worse, I live in North Dakota.

That may not immediately inspire empathy, but hear me out. Normally this time of year, we’re dealing with -20 degree weather. Every. Single. Day.

We’re actually lucky this year. It’s been in the 20s and 30s. It actually almost crept up to 40 last week! That’s crazy warm for this time of year. Especially considering those were non-windy days. Because cold that’s just sitting there can totally be dealt with. It may be mildly uncomfortable, but not a huge deal. Add 20 mph winds to <0 degree weather, and we have a problem. Not only is it as cold as your mother-in-law’s glare, it pierces your soul the same way. Coats, no matter how puffed up from insulation, don’t seem to help, because regardless of how many layers of gloves, scarves, hats, hoodies, leggings, boots, etc. you’re wearing, the wind finds a crack and swarms in the way you imagine angry bees would. After all, you’ve never really felt cold unless the air stings and bites your skin. *shudder* It may not be bad now, but I know those subzero temps are coming.

Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes & Apples

In the end, though, all of that just means I get to spend more time in my kitchen, where cooking kills two birds with one stone—I’m making awesome food and heating my apartment. That’s a definite win-win! I don’t make many cold, no-cook dishes in the winter. I prefer food that warms me from the inside out.

Sweet potatoes have always been a favorite of mine, but I only recently tried white sweet potatoes. WOW, are they good! I had just bought some fresh sage, so I knew I would have to think up a recipe that allowed both flavors to shine. Well, this is it. A wonderfully warming dish that’s just a touch of sweet. It would make a wonderful addition to a holiday meal!

Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Yields: 4-6 servings

  • 1 large white sweet potato, cubed (I used a "Jersey" sweet potato)
  • 3 small apples, cubed
  • 1 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 3 Tb ghee or butter
  • 3-4 sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 c pecans, chopped (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the cubed sweet potato with the coconut oil. Spread out on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. They should be soft, but not all the way cooked through.
  2. While sweet potatoes are in the oven, add cubed apples and chopped pecans (if using) to the medium-sized bowl. Once sweet potatoes are done, add them back into the bowl, too.
  3. Heat a small saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add the ghee/butter and sage leaves. Watch carefully! The butter will begin to foam, then will start to brown. It will have a nutty aroma (kind of like ghee) — that's how you know it's done! This should only take a few minutes. Remove from heat as soon as it's done.
  4. Pour browned butter sage sauce over the sweet potatoes and apples and toss to coat. Spread out on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 10 additional minutes. Serve warm!
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Do You Even Paleo! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

4 thoughts to “Browned Butter Sage Sweet Potatoes and Apples”

  1. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

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