How To Make The Perfect Sweet Potatoes


Sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious and they have the fairly low glycemic index of 17 (that is, they do not much increase the level of glucose in the blood). They're also easy to cook and they can function equally in sweet or savory recipes. But what’s the best and easiest way of cooking them? And how do you get the perfect taste and texture? Find out here.

  • Baking sweet potatoes eliminates the preparation work of peeling, chopping, boiling, and draining. Baking them until they are tender also makes them incredibly easy to mash. Sweet potatoes can roast at heats lower or higher than 190°C (375°F), so the most efficient way to cook them is to include them in the oven while you are cooking something else.
  • If there isn't enough room for a tray, just wrap them in aluminum foil and put them directly on the rack. They can be eaten immediately after they are roasted or they can be stored in the fridge for later possibilities. For storage, leave them on the counter until cool and then pop them into the fridge. They will keep for several days. Reheat in a microwave or toaster oven.
  • The skin of sweet potato contains many nutrients and should be eaten. It also tastes good. So, washing your sweet potatoes properly is vital. Scrub the sweet potatoes well and pat them dry with a dish towel.
  • Oil them lightly with vegetable oil after washing. Rub the oil in a thin, even layer all over the potatoes. Prick them a few times with a knife to avoid later explosions. Wrap them in aluminum foil loosely but make sure that the foil package is well sealed. Place the potatoes on a baking tray and put the tray in the oven.
  • Depending on the size of your potatoes, it may take between 30 minutes to 1 hour for them to be done. Test for doneness by squeezing a sweet potato.  It should feel very soft and squishy. You could also check by inserting a knife – it should glide all the way through with ease.
  • Enjoy your sweet potatoes either as a sweet dish (you can add honey and nuts) or as a savory dish (you can add chopped herbs and an assortment of spices).

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