Grilled Sweet Potatoes; La Félibrée, II

I will not go into the the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, other than to see that most of you have never had a yam.

Yams are much larger than sweet potatoes, have a very rough skin and are a tropical tuber.

Sweet potato flesh comes white, orange, and yellow which started the confusion. Some people started referring to the orange-fleshed sweet potato as a yam.

Regardless of the internal color of the sweet potato they are all from the same family and equally tasty.

If you’ve never tried grilling sweet potatoes, you are missing a treat.

They are not at all like plain old grilled potatoes. They get crispy and a bit hard on the outside and silky smooth and creamy on the inside. – kind of like a marshmallow on steroids.

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

The sweet potatoes I can buy are large, so I normally only buy 1 for the 2 of us.
Wash them but don’t peel.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Grilling


  • 2 sweet potatoes (12oz, 360gr), cut into 1″ (2.5cm) cubes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • salt and pepper


  • Put oil, rosemary, salt, pepper into bowl and mix well.
  • Add potatoes and toss, coating thoroughly.
  • Put them into a grill pan or basket and cook over medium coals / heat for 20 – 25 minutes or until done.
  • Stir occasionally as they tend to develop ‘hot spots’ and can get a little crispy.


I use an old metal pie plate or cake tin for grilling vegetables.
You could also roast in 400F (200C) oven for about the same amount of time – turning once.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 7.5 g
  • Sodium: 394.3 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.6 g
  • Fiber: 5.7 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

You could also try: Grilled Potatoes & Carrots Dijon

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

More photos from La Félibrée:

Because we are a rural area there are always a lot of old tractors and farm implements on display.

Some of them even work – maybe.

There are also artisans making traditional wooden tools – brooms, pitchforks, etc.

But this display was fascinating. it was a tiny sawmill.

It was a working sawmill. You can see the stacks of ‘planks’ on the left. They were about an inch (2.5cm) wide and 8 – 10 inches (20cm) long. The logs he was cutting are lined up on the right. It’s a vertical blade cutting a plank off of the log. The blade moves up & down and the log is slowly moved past it.

But here’s the best part – driving the sawblade is a wood fired engine.

This is the operator feeding little tiny logs into the fire – the stack of logs is in the front.

What a great toy!

5 thoughts on “Grilled Sweet Potatoes; La Félibrée, II”

  1. Yam is not a word people use in Australia though most ‘culinary’ people would certainly know what it is…we get mainly the big orange sweet potatoes. Sometimes they are called kumara here I think

    • I’ve seen kumara on some of the signs at the French supermarkets. Our sweet potatoes are usually bug, too – enough for 4 lol

  2. I don’t care for sweet potatoes/yams except in a pie. I’m not big on anything sweet as a side dish and yes, I’ve had both.

    I do want that little engine though!!

  3. I love all those tractors! What a cool festival (even though it’s so revoltingly hot where you are).

    We often oven-roast cubed sweet potatoes in the winter – they are a wonderful garnish for rice and jerk chicken. We have them instead of plantains because decent plantains are difficult to come by here.

    But suddenly, I neeeeeeeed grilled sweet potatoes. With grilled sausage. Oooh, I just realized that these grilled sweet potatoes would be perfect in your Salad with Sausage, Potato and Chevre (

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