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Baked Sweet Potatoes

The secret to perfect baked sweet potatoes in a fraction of the time is cutting them in half! That's right; we roast sweet potato halves instead of whole sweet potatoes. Not only do they take less time, they also have perfectly caramelized edges and a soft fluffy interior.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Sweet Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 sweet potatoes
Calories 202kcal
Cost $3.21

Ingredients

  • 4 (10-13 ounces EACH) medium sweet potatoes (not yams), scrubbed clean and halved lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fine sea salt and freshly cracked pepper

Instructions

  • OVEN: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, dark, sheet pan with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Don't skip the parchment paper; it really helps the potatoes cook evenly without the cut side getting too hard.
  • CLEAN POTATOES: Thoroughly scrub the sweet potatoes in cold water. Clean to remove all dirt and debris. Completely dry the potatoes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  • PREP POTATOES: Place the potatoes flesh-side down on the sheet pan. Pierce each back side of the potato 3 to 4 times with the tines of a fork. Flip the potatoes flesh-side up. Drizzle the oil over all the potatoes and take your time to rub the oil into both sides of the potatoes so all parts of the potatoes are sufficiently covered. Evenly sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon of salt over all the potatoes (3/4 teaspoon for ALL potatoes, not each). Add 1/8 teaspoon pepper to the flesh sides of the potatoes. Flip again so the potatoes are flesh-side down. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper over all the skins of the potatoes.
  • BAKE: Bake for 30-37 minutes (depending on size of potatoes/personal preference for tenderness) until the skin looks shriveled and potatoes are tender. A 5-6-ounce potato will cook in around 25-27 minutes, 6-8 ounce potatoes around 30 minutes, and 9-11 ounce potatoes around 33-37 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a fork into the biggest potato. If it goes in easily, the potatoes are ready. If not, bake an additional 5 minutes. Cook until fork tender, checking every 5 minutes.
  • ENJOY: Remove from the oven and serve with your favorite toppings. We like a pat of butter and sprinkle of brown sugar with a little sea salt!

Nutrition

Serving: 4sweet potatoes | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10.6g | Sodium: 71.5mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 5.4g