recipe

Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious. They are simple to bake and are perfect for a potato bar complete with your favorite toppings!

safety
  • Uses the oven
  • Uses a knife
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 1½ hours
yield
  • Serves 4

Gather Cooking Equipment

2
cooling racks
Aluminum foil
Rimmed baking sheet
Fork
Tongs
Bowls for toppings
Spoons for toppings
Oven mitts
Dish towel
Paring knife

Prepare Ingredients

Vegetable oil spray
4
small sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
Your favorite sweet potato toppings
1
 
Vegetable oil spray

HEAT: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Set cooling rack in aluminum foil–lined rimmed baking sheet. Spray with vegetable oil spray.

 
2
 
4
small sweet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)

PRICK WITH FORK: Use fork to prick sweet potatoes lightly in 3 places per potato. Place potatoes on greased cooling rack.

 
3
 

BAKE: Bake until potatoes are lightly browned and feel very soft when gently squeezed with tongs, about 1 hour.

 
4
 
Your favorite sweet potato toppings

PREPARE TOPPINGS: While potatoes bake, set up topping bar. Put toppings in bowls with spoons so everyone can top their sweet potato.

 
5
 

COOL: Use oven mitts to remove baking sheet from oven. Place baking sheet on second cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

 
6
 

CUT: Use clean dish towel to hold 1 potato steady and carefully use paring knife to cut slit in potato lengthwise. Use dish towel to hold ends of potato and squeeze gently to push flesh up and out of slit. Repeat with remaining 3 potatoes.

Hold sweet potato steady with dish towel. Carefully cut slit in potato.

Use dish towel to hold potato and squeeze to push flesh up and out of slit.

 
7
 

TOP: Top sweet potatoes with desired toppings.