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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Christopher Baker
Yield Makes 6 servings
Baked sweet potatoes are terrific with just a little butter and seasoning. Purists will love this recipe but if you need a little something extra, try sprinkling brown sugar or ground cinnamon over the top for a finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 214
  • caloriesfromfat 50 %
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 7 g
  • cholesterol 31 mg
  • sodium 230 mg
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • sugars 5 g
  • protein 2 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400° F.

    Pierce each sweet potato several times with the tines of a fork. Place the sweet potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

    Make a slit in the top of each sweet potato. Top with 1 tablespoon of butter and season with the salt and pepper.

    Variation: Baking sweet potatoes intensifies their sweetness, making them surprisingly satisfying with little, if any, embellishment. If you crave something over the top, try some maple syrup or brown sugar, a spoonful of sour cream, a pinch of ground cinnamon, some caramelized onions, a handful of pecans or walnuts, jarred applesauce or chutney, canned chipotles in adobo, crystallized ginger, or grated orange zest.