If you were raised in the South, you likely had these potatoes a few times a month. It’s still a dish I crave today!

Southern stewed potatoes hold a cherished spot in Southern American cuisine, originating from the rural South’s tradition of creating hearty meals from simple, accessible ingredients. Seasoned with herbs and spices and simmered to tender perfection in a savory broth, these stewed potatoes epitomize comfort food.

Serving Suggestions

Cornbread: A traditional pairing, the sweet, crumbly texture of cornbread complements the rich and savory stewed potatoes.

Collard Greens: Cooked with bacon or smoked ham hocks, the greens’ slight bitterness offsets the richness of the potatoes.

Fresh Salad: A simple salad with a tangy vinaigrette adds a refreshing touch to the meal, balancing the hearty potatoes.

Southern Stewed Potatoes Recipe


7 peeled and cubed potatoes

3 tablespoons butter

A pinch of onion flakes

2 tablespoons flour

½ cup milk

½ cup water

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons bacon grease (optional)


Place the peeled and cubed potatoes in a pot, covering them with water about 2 inches above the potatoes.

Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender but still holding shape. Then, reduce heat to low.

In a separate bowl, mix flour with ½ cup water until smooth.

Gradually add this mixture to the potatoes, stirring constantly. Simmer briefly to thicken the broth. Adjust consistency as desired with more flour or water.

Season with milk, salt, pepper, onion flakes, and either butter or bacon grease, as preferred.

Enjoy this classic Southern stewed potatoes dish with your chosen sides for a complete, satisfying meal. It’s perfect for family gatherings or as a heartwarming side dish.

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