Sage Butter Potatoes Side Dish

Crispy browned Sage Butter Potatoes in a bowl with garlic, sage butter glistening on top.
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Crispy browned Sage Butter Potatoes in a bowl with garlic, sage butter glistening on top.

Today, I take the humble, understated, perhaps even dull potato and turn it into something glorious that you will be proud to serve at dinner!  This is my salty, crispy, irresistible Sage Butter Potatoes Side Dish Recipe!  The potato is truly one of the most iconic comfort foods.  It’s filling, warm, creamy, and always available!  But this recipe uses small creamer potatoes, cut in halves, then seared in olive oil in a skillet, then finished in a delectable buttery sauce flavored with just a little salt and ground black pepper, garlic, and sage.  Yup, buttered potatoes are where it’s at on your Fall dinner table.

EASY SAGE BUTTER POTATOES RECIPE!

That’s right, this one is super easy!  Just halve the potatoes, sear in a pan, make the sage butter sauce.  

Crispy browned Sage Butter Potatoes in a skillet with garlic, sage butter glistening on top.

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RECIPE EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this easy recipe, you just need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

Crispy browned Sage Butter Potatoes in a bowl with garlic, sage butter glistening on top.

WHAT ARE CREAMER POTATOES?

Creamer potatoes are small waxy potatoes that come in red and yellow varieties.  They taste the same regardless of the skin color.  The skin of creamer potatoes is very thin and doesn’t need to be removed.  While they do not oxidize as fast as a russet potato, you will want to store them in cold water in the fridge if you cut them more than a couple hours prior to cooking.  

RECIPE PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR SAGE BUTTER POTATOES

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

Cut the potatoes in half the longest side for more surface area.  

Knife cutting a creamer potato in half for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Halved red and gold creamer potatoes on cutting board for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Thinly slice the sage leaves. Mince the garlic.

Knife slicing fresh sage leaves for Sage Butter Potatoes.

COOK YOUR SAGE BUTTER POTATOES

Preheat large pan on high heat, then turn to medium, add olive oil, then potatoes cut side down. Turn heat back to high and cook for 3-5 minutes until browned crust has formed. You may need to do in 2 batches.

Halved red and gold creamer potatoes on cutting board for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Once all potatoes are seared, add them all to the pan (if seared in batches) and then add 1 tablespoon of the butter and stir to melt. Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

After 10 minutes, remove the cover and test a potato with a fork to see if soft. If not, cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

Browned and crispy halved red and gold creamer potatoes in a skillet with a fork in one potato for Sage Butter Potatoes.

If done, add the remaining butter, minced garlic, and sage. Stir to melt the butter and cook over low heat for a final five minutes. 

Hand adding minced garlic to skillet with 2 pats of butter and browned and crispy halved red and gold creamer potatoes for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Browned and crispy halved red and gold creamer potatoes in a skillet with garlic, sage, and melted butter for Sage Butter Potatoes.

RECIPE FAQS

How early can I cut the potatoes before cooking?

You can cut them and let them sit out up to 2 hours prior to cooking.  If more than 1-2 hours, you will want to store them in the fridge in cold water to prevent them from oxidizing.  While creamer potatoes are waxy and do not oxidize as fast as a russet potato, you will want to store them in cold water in the fridge if you cut them more than a couple hours prior to cooking.  

Can I cook this recipe ahead and reheat it?

Yes, although they may lose their crispiness after cooling in the fridge.  To re-crisp them, you can reheat them in a skillet on medium-high heat with a little olive oil.  Or add them to an oven safe skillet and reheat in the oven at 350 F degrees for 20 minutes.

What to do with leftovers?

Potato Salad, potato salad, potato salad!!!  That’s right, these are amazing in a Loaded Potato Salad with spinach and bacon or in a healthier Edamame and Harissa Potato Salad.  

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Crispy browned Sage Butter Potatoes in a bowl with garlic, sage butter glistening on top.

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Sage Butter Potatoes Recipe

These salty, crispy, irresistible Sage Butter Potatoes are a perfect side dish for any easy family weeknight or elegant guest dinner!  This recipe uses small creamer potatoes, cut in halves, then seared in olive oil in a skillet and finished in a delectable buttery sauce flavored with just a little salt and ground black pepper, garlic, and sage. Delicious and so EASY to make!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword butter potatoes, potatoes, Sage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 252 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 pounds Creamer Potatoes (red, yellow, or mixed)
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh sage, sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons Salted Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Cut the potatoes in half the longest side for more surface area
    Halved red and gold creamer potatoes on cutting board for Sage Butter Potatoes.
  2. Thinly slice the sage leaves. Mince the garlic.

    Knife slicing fresh sage leaves for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat large pan on high heat, then turn to medium, add olive oil, then potatoes cut side down. Turn heat back to high and cook for 3-5 minutes until browned crust has formed. You may need to do in 2 batches to fit all of the potatoes face-down.

    Halved red and gold creamer potatoes on cutting board for Sage Butter Potatoes.
  2. Once all potatoes are seared, add them all to the pan (if seared in batches) and then add 1 tablespoon of the butter and stir to melt. Cover the pan and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.

  3. After 10 minutes, remove the cover and test a potato with a fork to see if soft. If not, cover and cook for another 4-5 minutes. If done, add the remaining butter, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and sage. Stir to melt the butter and cook over low heat for a final five minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Browned and crispy halved red and gold creamer potatoes in a skillet with garlic, sage, and melted butter for Sage Butter Potatoes.

Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule

Thanksgiving Cooking Guide and Schedule
Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Planner, Prep Guide, and schedule

Do you get overwhelmed at the thought of hosting Thanksgiving?  I get it!  I was a Caterer, I’m a type-A-crazy-list-everything-must-be-planned person and I love to cook and entertaining – and I STILL get overwhelmed by the thought of hosting a holiday party.  But I have figured out how to plan ahead and prep for these big events and now I’m giving you all of the tips, tricks, and checklists!  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE PRINTABLE Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule!

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES – YOU GOT THIS!

roll with the punches with this Thanksgiving Meal Planner

The first thing I tell myself when hosting a dinner? Things will not go as planned and THAT’S OK! Of course you want the major things to work out…a fully cooked turkey would be good ;). However, not every detail will play out as you hope. So gear yourself up to roll with the punches! We really only need each other, the rest of it will fall into place.

So, in the spirit of prepping as much as you can and rolling with it from there… Here are some tips for planning and preparing. Plus a detailed Prep-Ahead Schedule so you can enjoy the Thanksgiving Day with your family!  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FREE PRINTABLE.

Picture of Turkey being carved for Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Planner & Prep Guide

MENU PLANNING TIPS

When it comes to planning any dinner party, there are a few key things to remember that I learned as a caterer in NYC.  Following these tips will help you no matter how big or small the dinner or event.    

1)  Make Lists! List all of the appetizers, dinner items, condiments, sides, drinks, etc. that you need to have ready (see menu page!). List out the times you want food to be served and then back into those times with the prep work.

2)  Enlist HELP! Assign certain foods to certain guests. People like to be needed and giving them a job to do makes them feel a part of. It also take all of the burden off of you! So, on the list of food, assign names.

3)  Prepare AHEAD! I know this one may seem obvious, but prep as much as possible in advance to make the day of easier. All of my recipes have Prep-Ahead instructions, so refer to those for an idea. You can chop, dice, even cook many of the dishes in advance and simply reheat.

4)  Label your serving platters in advance! This is a tip from my catering days. I find this one to be a huge help so I don’t get frustrated when the wrong food item is placed on the wrong dish and then I’m scrambling to find a new platter. Refer to your menu and then create labels for each item. Place each label on a dish and set them out so that they are waiting for you and the person assigned to that food know where it goes!

PLAN YOUR MENU

Here is a Menu Template that you can fill out for your Thanksgiving Dinner.  This template is part of the FREE Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Planning & Prep Guide

I have given you some ideas, but you should customize this to your family preferences, traditions, and needs.

Main

For the main dish, the obvious choice is Turkey, but you could also do a roast ham or roast beef.  For the turkey, I have prepared for you a TURKEY COOKING CHEAT SHEET within the FREE Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule!

Sides

Here are some recipes to consider for your Thanksgiving table!  

PREP AHEAD SCHEDULE – a few items each day the week ahead!

Like any big project, task, or event, doing a little bit every day is an easier way to achieve your goal vs. leaving it all to the last minute. So, to help you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving, I have created for you, a detailed prep ahead schedule of things you can do each day in the 7 days ahead of Thanksgiving Day!  If you follow this simple checklist, I promise that Thanksgiving Day will be sooooo much easier for you.  This is part of the Complete FREE Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule!

Prep Ahead schedule for Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Planner & Prep Guide

THANKSGIVING DAY COOKING & SERVING SCHEDULE

That’s right!  I’ve even created a hour-by-hour schedule for you for cooking your turkey, sides, setting the table, and everything else!  I also have a blank version that you can fill in yourself. Once again, you can get these as part of the FREE Thanksgiving Meal Planner, Guide, and Schedule!

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I hope these tips, tricks, guides, templates, and schedules help to make hosting Thanksgiving as easy as possible.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  😍 Carrie

Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Planner, Prep Guide, and schedule