Learn how to bake sweet potatoes with this easy recipe. Your baked sweet potatoes will be tender and fluffy. Most people think of sweet potatoes as a side dish served at Thanksgiving, but they are delicious all year.
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Now that the weather is cooling off, it is time to enjoy baked sweet potatoes. I avoid turning on the oven during the hot summer, so when fall rolls around, I am ready for oven-baked meals.
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes
The natural sweetness comes out when sweet potatoes are baked. They are so easy to bake and packed with nutritional punch.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Size matters on baking times; however, usually, sweet potatoes are finished baking after 40 to 60 minutes. Insert a knife in the center of the thickest part of the sweet potatoes, and if it goes in without resistance, they are done.
- Sweet potatoes – Look for potatoes about the same size and shape so they bake for around the same time.
Prepare the Sweet Potatoes
Use a vegetable brush to scrub the potatoes under cool running water. Then, pat them dry with a towel.
Use a fork to poke holes in the potatoes. The holes allow steam to escape so the potatoes don’t explode in the oven.
The skins are crisp and flavorful baked directly on a baking sheet.
Prep Baking Sheets
Your potatoes will weep through the steam holes you poked therefore you will want to line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easy clean-up.
Baked sweet potatoes are my go-to recipe for weeknight dinners since they are so easy to cook. The best part is I love sweet potatoes.
Sweet Potato Serving Suggestions
You can serve sweet potatoes sweet or savory. Split the down the center and fluff with a fork and top.
- Brown Sugar
- Butter and salt
- Sour cream
- Salt and pepper
Foil Wrapped Sweet Potatoes
Wrapping your sweet potato with foil is another way to bake them. Their skins are soft and easily peel off. They steam in the foil therefore their texture is a little heavier, but they are best for recipes such as sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie.
Bake the same way as above.
Baked Sweet Potato
- 4 Sweet potatoes
- Preheat oven to 425℉.
- Scrub sweet potatoes with a vegetable brush under cool running water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
- Use a fork to pierce the skin.
- Place potatoes on a parchment or foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on size. Test doneness by inserting a knife into the thickest part of the sweet potato if it goes in without resistance. they are finished.
- Split the down the center and fluff with a fork and top. Serve topped with your favorite topping.
- Brown sugar
- Sour Cream
- Salt and pepper
You might enjoy our favorite Thanksgiving-baked sweet potato recipe.
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