How To Bake a Sweet Potato
7 Easy steps on how to bake a sweet potato
people think of sweet potatoes they think of the sweet potato
casserole that is traditionally served at Thanksgiving dinner. It
consists of mashed sweet potatoes covered in melted
The sweet potatoes are healthy and
rich in vitamins and nutrients. Also they are incredibly versatile
in how they can be prepared. They can easily be incorporated into
casseroles, desserts and even salads. Part of the reason that sweet
potatoes are becoming so popular is because of the immense nutrients
that they provide you with. While a sweet potato only holds about 140
calories it is rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron and vitamin A.
Additionally it is a low sodium food that is high in fiber and beta
carotene. Quite simply it is an almost perfect food if prepared
One of the most healthful ways to prepare a
sweet potato is to bake it. Baking is wonderful because as a
cooking method it does not negatively impact the healthful qualities of
the food. Basically, you are able to bake a sweet potato without having
to immerse it in grease. Instead, it is
an easy cooking method that is very healthy.
How to bake a sweet potato:
cut a slit down the center of the potato and top with a bit of butter
or season with salt and pepper.
sure that you pick out a medium size sweet potato and that you scrub the exterior
so that it is ready to be baked.
While you are cleaning the potato you will want
to preheat your oven to 400° Fahrenheit (204° C).
As the oven heats you are going to want to take a fork to pierce each
sweet potato a couple of times.
You want to do this because it keeps
the potato from bursting. The small holes allow some of the
natural moisture that it holds to escape during the baking
Next you need to put the potato on a baking sheet
that you have lined with tin foil. Often it is easier to use a rimmed
baking sheet rather than a cookie sheet because these will help them to
stay in place.
You will then place the sweet potatoes in the
oven for about forty five minutes.
You will know that they are ready when they are
tender and able to be easily pierced with a fork.
Once the potato is ready you can pull it out of the oven, you do not
have to do much more to make your baked sweet potato ready to
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