Baked Sweet Potato


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This ridiculously easy recipe for delicious baked sweet potatoes will make you wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way! The health benefits of sweet potatoes have been touted for years; packed with vitamins (C, B6) and minerals (Magnesium, Potassium), these babies make for a healthy treat that is indulgent but not guilt-inducing!

Never judge a potato by it’s cover

They may not look like much, but just inside that rough exterior is a sweet and delicious prize! Start by giving the sweet potatoes a gentle scrub under running water, to remove any dirt.


Just as with regular baked potatoes, you should always pierce the skin with a fork of the tip of a knife when making a baked sweet potato. No need to mangle it, just be sure there are a few spots for steam to release as the potato baked. Skip this step, and you may end up with cracked skins and dry potato!

Line your pan

Sweet potatoes are, well, sweet! They contain a lot of sugars, and it’s not uncommon when you bake a sweet potato for a little juice to drip out onto your pan. When this happens, the sugars can burn slightly and get a little black and oozy. Not to worry – this won’t affect the final product, but it’s a good idea to always line your pan with foil, parchment, or a silicone mat.

Once you’ve cleaned and poked your taters, just toss them onto your lined sheet pan. No need for oil or butter. I mean, you could, but we’re already going to gild this lily with delicious toppings, so there’s really no need.

On your marks, get set…bake!

Pop the pan into a 425-degree oven for 45-50 minutes, until a fork can easily poke to the center. The ones pictured took 50 minutes on the nose, and came out perfectly!

I strongly recommend getting yourself a simple oven thermometer. Ovens can vary widely in temperature, and it’s always good to know so you can adjust as needed! You can get these thermometers very inexpensively!

Hot potato!

You definitely want to give these puppies some time to cool. Unless, of course, you have a few layers of roof-of-mouth skin you want to part with. 😉 Let them be for at least 5-10 minutes before cutting into them!

Once the baked sweet potato has cooled, slice it open and top with your favorite toppings!

Change it up

Sweet potatoes can go a lot of directions, flavor-wise. A simple pat of butter and some salt will do, but you may want to try some of these possible twists…

  • Brown sugar, butter, cinnamon
  • Hot Sauce, sour cream
  • BBQ Sauce, green onion
  • Maple syrup, bacon crumbles
  • Plain greek yogurt, honey

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