Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Perfect Sweet Potato!

Now I know we have all baked sweet potatoes before, probably many times. I had too. But when a friend of mind turned me on to this method for baking the perfect sweet potato....and I tried them, I was floored at how wonderful they were! These are by far the BEST sweet potatoes I have ever tasted...ever!

Even people who normally don't care for sweet potatoes, love these amazing little orange bundles of sweetness. They turn out moist, sweet, creamy, and need nothing on them at all for them to be delicious. Now, have I got your mouth watering, get some sweet potatoes or yams and give this method a try, you won't be sorry :)

Here are the simple directions...

~Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

~Scrub potatoes and dry them off but do not poke with holes or wrap foil around them

~Place potatoes directly on the middle oven rack... put a cookie sheet lined with foil on the rack directly below the rack that the potatoes are on to catch any drips and save on cleanup
~set timer for exactly 20 minutes.

~NOTE: Roasting the potatoes at this high heat for 20 minutes causes the potatoes to puff up and form a pocket around the potato causing them to actually steam cook...and caramelize

~after the 20 minutes has passed, decrease oven temp to 350 degrees and continue to roast for additional 60 minutes.

~Remove from oven

*Note: I find that for med to large potatoes this is the perfect time, if you have super large sized potatoes, you may want to increase time an extra 5-10 minutes

Look at that beauty....nature's candy!!

I always bake extra because they keep very well in the fridge wrapped in plastic...and remains nice and moist when re-heated in microwave oven.



  1. That sounds fantastic! Thanks for the idea! I love sweet potatoes, yams and the like.

  2. ooh, i've never had the "pocket" on mine! those look awesome, though. I loved baked sweet potatoes.

  3. Wow, I would have never thought to cook them that long. Thanks for the tip. Now if I can just remember to put them in the oven an hour and half before I want to eat them :)


  4. Yummers! My problem is I grew up on the Okinawan (purple) sweet potato, so I don't particularly care for the traditional sweet potato. But yours truly look yummy!

    And I agree - even though we've just "met", it feels like I've known you forever! I love love love your food photos every day!

  5. What a COOL idea, I've definitely never done it this and will remember it the next time I'm making sweet potatoes.

  6. Mmmm! I LOVE sweet potatoes cooked in the oven! I was just reading your last post--Congrats on 4 weeks of clean eating and the loss(inches & lbs.) Keep up the good work!

  7. Trying this right now with my new purple potato :)