Baking

How to bake a crackly-edged, fluffy-centered sweet potato – Salon

Summary

Making a perfect baked sweet potato is no easy task. Wait, that’s a joke right? It’s just a sweet potato! Sure, it may seem simple enough to wrap a sweet potato in aluminum foil, bake until the flesh is tender and the skin is crispy, top with butter and salt, and 50 minutes later—voila. But it takes a careful, practiced hand and a little bit of creativity to roast sweet potatoes like a pro.

Though in fry form anything is tasty and the candied variety are near and dear to my heart…….

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Making a perfect baked sweet potato is no easy task. Wait, that’s a joke right? It’s just a sweet potato! Sure, it may seem simple enough to wrap a sweet potato in aluminum foil, bake until the flesh is tender and the skin is crispy, top with butter and salt, and 50 minutes later—voila. But it takes a careful, practiced hand and a little bit of creativity to roast sweet potatoes like a pro.

Though in fry form anything is tasty and the candied variety are near and dear to my heart, the easiest way to prepare a sweet potato is to bake it in the oven. When done right, this yields tender, creamy flesh with crispy skin—perfect for using in any number of delicious dishes. While baking sweet potatoes isn’t exactly rocket science, there are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind to get the most out of these beloved spuds. Here’s what you need to know.

How To Bake Sweet Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  2. Scrub sweet potatoes with a produce brush under running water (or rub them with your fingers if you don’t have a brush). Use a fork to poke holes in the potatoes; this will help the steam to escape the potato while ensuring that the flesh cooks thoroughly and evenly.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking matfor easy cleanup of any caramelized juices.
  4. Rub the potatoes with a thin coating of vegetable oil, coconut oil, or olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. (This is optional, but necessary if you want to eat the skin.) For a little more pizzazz, use brown sugar too.
  5. Bake in an oven until tender. You’ll know the potatoes are ready when a fork or knife pierces the flesh without any resistance. The cooking time will vary based on the size of the sweet potatoes, but this should take about 1 hour.
  6. Serve as desired, preferably with butter.

What To Look For When Buying Sweet Potatoes

It’s best to select small- to medium-sized sweet potatoes (figure about four to eight ounces each) as larger sweet potatoes tend to be starchier, which means a drier texture. You want to select those that are blemish-free and with tight, smooth skin.

How To Store Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be stored at room temperature for about one week, but can last up to one month at cooler temps in a dry, dark location with good airflow. They should not be stored in the refrigerator, which can adversely affect taste and texture.

Good-To-Know Tips For Baked Sweet Potatoes

Though sweet potatoes are usually already pretty clean, it’s always a good idea to rinse them in the sink and give them a scrub with a …….

Source: https://www.salon.com/2021/11/13/how-to-bake-a-crackly-edged-fluffy-centered-sweet-potato_partner/