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Caramelized Sweet Potato Wedges

The potatoes are done when the caramelized sugar bubbles and browns around the sides of the pan.

  • Servings: 4
Caramelized Sweet Potato Wedges

Photography: David Loftus

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1999


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut lengthwise, and each cut into 8 1/2-inch wedges
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Zest of 1 orange


  1. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add potato wedges to the pan, and stir until coated with butter. Add 1 cup water and the orange juice; cover, and cook until potatoes are fork-tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. Remove cover, reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking, tossing occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes more.

  3. Combine sugars, and sprinkle over potatoes; toss until coated. Continue cooking until the sugar starts to caramelize and potatoes have a brown glaze, 5 to 6 minutes, tossing occasionally to prevent potatoes from burning. When caramelized sugar bubbles and browns around the edges, remove potatoes from pan. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with orange zest, and serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

  • HappyFloridaMom 25 Sep, 2010

    Delicious! I think I will reduce the amount of water and orange juice next time, but otherwise, it's perfect.

  • 4AkinsKids 27 Dec, 2007

    Great! Easy! Add more sugar if you want it sweeter.

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