Baked Sweet Potatoes ♥ Recipe & Temperature

Baked Sweet Potatoes
Back to Basics: How to roast or bake sweet potatoes in the oven. It's as easy as easy can be: just rub the sweet potatoes with a little oil and bake. (We're baking whole sweet potatoes here, no need for any knife work at all!) This is a great way to cook a lot of sweet potatoes at once, also my favorite way to cook just a couple of sweet potatoes for dinner or for later when the oven is already on. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".

The other day, I needed to cook a pile of sweet potatoes for a recipe calling for cooked sweet potatoes. (The recipe's not ready for posting but shows much promise!) My choices were:

Steaming or boiling – but I thought the sweet potatoes would be too wet.
Cooking the sweet potatoes in the microwave – it's a good technique for one or two sweet potatoes, not so much for a bunch.
Roasting chopped sweet potatoes wouldn't work either, I didn't want the crispy caramelized edges that develop.

So instead, I baked a trayful of whole sweet potatoes, then stripped off the skins to yield beautiful cooked sweet potatoes. Baked Sweet Potatoes were the perfect solution!


Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 75 minutes
Bakes 1 to many sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes, scrubbed well
Olive oil

Set the oven to 400F. Place parchment, foil or a silicone mat on a baking sheet. With your hands rub the sweet potatoes with oil, place on the baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches room between the potatoes. Place in the oven (there's no need to wait for the oven to finish preheating) and bake for 60 minutes plus as many minutes left to complete preheating.

To check if done, insert a knife into the center, if it's soft clear through the center, the sweet potatoes are fully cooked. With a knife, cut the length of the sweet potatoes, peel back and discard the skins. At this point, the sweet potatoes are so soft they can be mashed with no more than a fork for something slightly rustic, or use a hand mixer for something that's smoother.

For easy clean up, do line the baking sheet with something. As you can see in the back left corner of the photo, one sweet potato spewed sugary stuff which burned. The sweet potato itself was fine but cleanup was a bear.

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  1. I have also filled my crock pot with sweet potatoes, started it on high, 1 hour and then switched to low and let it run. About 4 hours does it. If you need them sooner, leave it on high. Another good thing is that they don't overcook if you leave them all day. They come out moist and with a touch of liquid in the bottem of the pot. No rack!

  2. You can also roast them whole (wrapped in foil) in the crockpot without adding any liquid for several hours. This makes them extra sweet (and saves the oven for other uses, which is useful during holidays)! We adore sweet potatoes here!

  3. I can never ever get enough of sweet potatoes :)

  4. Baked sweet potatoes are great. Not only are they a wonderful side dish, but add a little maple syrup to them and them make a pretty good dessert.

  5. I had some smallish sweet potatoes leftover from the CSA share and baked, peeled, and froze them. Now I'm using them in quick breads (just made a batch of Applesauce Sweet Potato Oatmeal muffins that turned out well).


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