Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

From The Southern Living Cookbook. A simple and unusual way to prepare potatoes. Crispy with a lovely brown color and a touch of sweetness from molasses. I always use a cast iron skillet. Recipe says it serves 3 to 4 but they go quickly.


  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover until almost tender, about 10 minutes; drain. Heat bacon drippings in a heavy ovenproof skillet over medium heat; add potatoes and cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, turning frequently. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until browned, turning once. Stir in molasses and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
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Nice touch of sweetmess to crispy browned potatoes. I used baby golden potates and sliced them in half. The molasses carmelized over the potatoes for mild sweet crunchiness. Next time I will add a bit more molasses. I think these will be just as good by omitting the oven step and just browning the potatoes to your desired crispiness/browness and drain and toss with molasses. Not sure that the oven actually added anything to the overall recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Sassy in da South September 08, 2008

Very good. Love molasses and had to try this recipe and I wasn't disappointed. I might have added a bit more molasses than called for and I even drizzled a little over top when served for presentation. To save a pot I omitted the boiling step, and just diced up my raw potato in the skillet. Added a bit of oil and on a very low heat with a cover cooked for approx. 30mins until tender and lightly browned, then put in the oven. Next time I may not even transfer to the oven and just cook longer in the skillet until browned & crispy.

KellyMae September 08, 2008

Very tasty, nice to be able to use my cast iron skillet in the oven. We added precooked kielbasa and made this a full meal. We aren't fond of molasses, so only added about 1/2 TBS. before baking. And guess what, the flavor was good. Thank you for sharing!

MommaEllen August 28, 2008