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How Long It Takes To Bake Sweet Potatoes

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You don’t need to inherit extreme cooking skills from your mother on your way to bake sweet potatoes. Basicly, you will clean them, prick them and let them get delicious and tender in the owen. If you are a creative soul, adding some herbs, butter, parmesan or grated cheddar is up to you.


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. (this takes 15 minutes approximately) This step is not a must but will shorten the baking time.

  • To clean up the sweet potato skins, scrub them well under warm water. Pat dry the potatoes with a paper towel.

  • Wrapping the sweet potatoes is an unnecessary and time consuming step which causes the potato skin to stick to the flesh and makes it harder to peel. Also it prevents them from caramelizing.

  • With the help of a fork or a knife, pierce the sweet potato skin. This shortens the baking time, helps skins separate from potato and improves its texture.

  • Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet. And let them bake. If the oven is not preheated,  45 minutes for the sweet potatoes which are up to 3 inches in diameter, 60 minutes for 4 inches, 75 minutes for larger sweet potatoes. Cut 10 minutes if you preheated the oven.

  • Turn off the oven.

  • To let the residual heat to continue to cooking process, leave the sweet potatoes in the oven for 30 to 60 minutes after turning off the oven. This way, they will get even softer without burning.

  • Remove the steamy, caramelized, delicious sweet potatoes.

At this point, you are free to enjoy them as a side dish by adding butter and a dash of salt or grating some cheese on them. You can also turn them into a light lunch or dinner by loading them with chicken, bacon, guacamole or scrambled eggs.


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