Baked Sweet Potatoes

Photo: Christopher Baker

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.

Yield: Makes 6 servings
Recipe from Real Simple

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 214
  • Calories from fat: 50%
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 2g

Ingredients

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

Preparation

  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.
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