Basic Baked Sweet Potatoes
Poke, bake, mash, eat. This recipe really couldn't be easier!
What makes sweet potatoes so super? They're delicious and versatile, for one thing: you can roast them, steam them, mash them, or cut them up into soups or stews, where they turn creamy and luscious. But also: a single sweet potato gives you 26% of your daily fiber, 65% of your daily vitamin C, and 769% of your vitamin A! And that's pretty sweet.
Sharp knife (adult needed)
- Turn the oven on to BAKE and set it to 425 degrees.
- Put the sweet potatoes in the baking pan and, using the tip of the knife, poke them in a few places to make teeny holes (so the steam can escape while they're baking). Carefully put the baking pan in the oven and bake until tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Slice each potato open very carefully (remember, it's a hot potato and lots of steam will escape). Divide the butter and salt among the sweet potatoes and mash the seasoning in a bit with a fork.
Did you know? In the U.S., we use "sweet potato" and "yam" to mean the same thing—but true yams are a completely different species, native to Africa and Asia.