[School’s NOT Out for Summer, But I at Least I Can Have Some] Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions

23 May

It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in Indiana! And you know what summer means… school is out of session and leisure time abounds with lots of lazy days by the pool.  Sigh, I wish! My summer is characterized by summer classes 5 days per week, my part-time research job requiring more work than usual, and studying for and taking a grueling six-hour preliminary exam to prove I am deserving of doctoral candidacy. /end complaining

But summer won’t be all bad. I have a few weekend trips planned, and I get to enjoy eating on the patio that my husband and I installed last year. To me, summer means grilling, which is not only delicious, but also gives me a satisfying sense that I am defying traditional gender roles. Any other ladies out there feel that sense of accomplishment from grilling, or is it just me? 🙂

Anyway, today’s recipe is for Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions. It’s super easy. You just throw sweet potatoes, scallions, and garlic in a foil packet along with some salt and pepper, and plop it on the grill. Grilling the sweet potatoes really brings out their sweetness, which is balanced by the garlic and onion flavor. It’s the perfect summer side dish!

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions (recipe by Food Network Magazine)


  • 1 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme (Note: I used dried thyme, to taste)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Combine sweet potatoes, scallions, garlic, and thyme in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place mixture on a sheet of foil and fold to close.
  • Grill over low heat until the potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Makes 3-4 side dish servings.


5 Responses to “[School’s NOT Out for Summer, But I at Least I Can Have Some] Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Scallions”

  1. Kathy Scott May 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    In answer to your question of if any other ladies feel a sense of accomplishment from grilling, the answer from me is no, because I don’t know how to grill. But you have inspired (or shamed) me to learn!

    • yumtherapy May 23, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

      I’m glad to inspire! Hehe, maybe now that all the kids are almost out of the house, you can learn to cook 😉

  2. Geni - Sweet and Crumby May 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I absolutely cannot wait to try roasting sweet potatoes. I have never done that before and duh…it sounds FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing! Your dish looks delicious!

    • yumtherapy May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks! I hope you love it as much as I do! 🙂

  3. thefooddoctor May 26, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Good luck with your busy summer..
    These potatoes look super yummy..I love grilling things too..it adds so much to anything you grill
    thanx for sharing

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