Baking Sweet Potatoes

Healthiest way of consuming sweet potatoes, here are some recipes on baking sweet potatoes which are quick and simple to follow.
Sweet potato is a root vegetable which is high in nutritional quotient. It is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, and magnesium. There are different ways of cooking sweet potatoes. They can be made into pies, casseroles, burritos, soups, and even fries. However, baking them is the healthiest option of all.

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes

In the Oven

Ingredients
  • Sweet Potatoes (medium-sized), 6
  • Unsalted butter, 6 tablespoons
  • Kosher salt, ½ teaspoon
  • Black pepper, ¼ teaspoon
Method
  • While you are cleaning the sweet potatoes, heat the oven to 400 °F. You may have to soak the sweet potatoes in water before you start cleaning them.
  • Use a fork to pierce the sweet potatoes.
  • Once pierced, place them on a baking sheet, lined with a foil. It is necessary to line the sheet with a foil, so that the drippings from the potato get collected in it.
  • For the potatoes to be baked till tender, it will take approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
  • Once cooked, remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, and make a slit on top of each of them.
  • Top each one with butter, salt, and pepper.
In Microwave

Ingredients
  • Sweet potato (large), 1
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Cheddar cheese (shredded), 3 tablespoons
  • Sour cream, 3 teaspoons
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Method
  • Scrub and clean the sweet potato, preferably under running water.
  • After cleaning, prick it a number of times with a fork. This will enable the steam to escape out of the potato.
  • Place the potato on a microwave plate, and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on full power.
  • When the potato is soft, remove it from the microwave, and cut it in half lengthwise.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and mash the inside of the sweet potato using a fork.
  • Top the open ends with butter and cheese, and return it back to the microwave; cook it till you see the cheese melting.
  • Top it with the remaining cheese and sour cream before serving.
Baked Sweet Potato with Oregano

Ingredients
  • Sweet Potatoes (large), 3
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Dried oregano, 2 teaspoons
  • Freshly ground pepper, 2 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Till the oven is heating, coat the bottom of a baking dish with olive oil.
  • Wash, scrub, and peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into medium-sized pieces.
  • Place the pieces in the baking dish, and coat them with the olive oil.
  • Sprinkle them with oregano, salt, and pepper and place the baking dish in the oven.
  • Bake the potatoes for about 40 to 45 minutes or till they turn soft and tender.
The right temperature for baking sweet potatoes will vary depending on the size of the potatoes, and also on the fact that whether they are cut or uncut. At the same time, the temperature will also vary depending on whether you peel them or bake them with the jackets on.