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How to Bake a Sweet Potato

1 serving   

  • a   9 to 12 oz sweet potato or yam

Pre-heat the oven to 350° to 375°. Wash the potato lightly to remove dirt without breaking the skin then dry with a paper towel. Pierce the skin a couple of times with a fork to allow steam to escape and prevent possible bursting in oven.

If you wish to eat the skin (as I do), the skin may be coated lightly with some butter or a vegetable oil. DO NOT wrap in foil as you will get a soggy potato (the steam didn't escape) instead of the desired texture.

Place potato(s) on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 45-55 minutes (depending on the size of the potato). Test potato for doneness by squeezing gently...if done the potato will be slightly soft.

Serve immediately with any (or combination) of these:
butter spray
Butter Buds or Molly McButter
chopped pecans
brown sugar

Also, I like to make an extra potato so I can cool it in the refrigerator for later... wrap a paper towel partly around a cold potato and eat it as a nutritious snack.

Temperature and Results:
Minutes Results
45 a bit too firm - good for salads
50 slightly firm - good eating
55 soft - good for mashed

Or, wrap a large yam (14-16 oz) in foil and bake in a pre-heated 400° for about 1 hour (until tender). But remember, you will get a soggy potato (the steam didn't escape) instead of the desired texture.

Nutrition Facts (based on a 11oz sweet potato)
Amount Per Serving: Calories 246 - Calories from Fat 0
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 1%, Protein 10%, Carbohydrate 89%
Totals and Percent Daily Values (2000 calories): Fat .31g, Saturated Fat .08g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 18mg, Total Carbohydrate 56g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Protein 6g, Vitamin A 0 units, Vitamin C 61 units, Calcium 22 units, Iron 2 units

Bon appetit!

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