How to Bake a Sweet Potato

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Learn how to bake a sweet potato! It’s easy, tasty and good for you.

A baked sweet potato is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Fluffy and sweet on its own, it only gets better when you add your favorite toppings.

And the best part? A sweet potato packs a healthy punch!

It’s relatively high in fiber and a great source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C and potassium. It also contains several other vitamins and minerals.

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What’s the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?

You’re not going to believe this. The tuber known as a “yam” to Americans actually is a sweet potato!

There are two types of sweet potatoes common in America – one with orange flesh and copper skin, and one with a creamy, white flesh and golden skin. The U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to call the orange ones “yams,” to differentiate them from the lighter-colored sweet potato.

True yams come from Africa and Asia and have nearly black, bark-like skin. Inside, the flesh is purple, white or reddish.

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How to bake a sweet potato in the oven

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Scrub the sweet potato with a brush under cold water until you’ve removed any dirt.
  3. Pat the spud dry with a paper towel.
  4. Rub the sweet potato with butter or oil, if you wish.
  5. Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape during baking.
  6. Place your sweet potato on a foil-lined baking sheet. (Oozing will occur during baking, so the foil will help with cleanup.)
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until you can easily stick a fork in the sweet potato.
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How to bake a sweet potato in the microwave 

Want to quickly make a baked sweet potato? Use your microwave and enjoy the delicious results!

  1. Scrub the sweet potato with a brush under cold water until you’ve removed any dirt.
  2. Pat it dry with a paper towel.
  3. Prick the sweet potato all over with a fork. The holes will allow steam to escape during baking.
  4. Place your sweet potato on a microwaveable plate, cover it with wax paper, and heat on high for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
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Sweet Potato Toppings

  • Butter & cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  • A fried egg
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa

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Sweet Potatoes Recipes

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    Gluten Free Sweet Potato & Sausage Egg Cups are a quick, on-the-go breakfast that everyone will love. They’re great for busy commutes!
    Paleo sweet potato brownies are so good, no one will suspect they are healthy! Watch them disappear as soon as you serve them.
    Smashed sweet potatoes are a great take on the classic side dish! Serve them with the traditional turkey dinner, or with breakfast.
    Paleo Butternut Squash and Bacon Soup that anyone can enjoy! What’s not to love? Butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots and apples are combined with bacon to make one magical, easy soup.
    Sweet potato hand pies are a toaster oven treat that’s perfect for the holidays. They’re everything you love about sweet potato pie in little hand-held portions.
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