The Basics: Sweet Potatoes

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The Technique

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a versatile root vegetable loaded with good solid nutrition. Due to their solid nutritional value offering excellent sources of vitamin C, potassium & fiber, they have become a focus on plates all year long. Traditionally sweet potatoes shine in the spotlight during the holidays, therefore a little preparation is generally in order before the vegetable can be used in various recipe applications. Follow my pointers for baking sweet potatoes that can be used in pies, side dish casseroles, pancakes, muffins & so much more. 

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makes 6 servings

Use this simple formula as a guide to bake sweet potatoes to enjoy as a side dish or for use in recipe applications.

 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce 6 {1/2-lb} sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Place on a foil-lined half sheet pan. Bake 1 hour & 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft when lightly pressed. Increase the baking time accordingly if preparing larger potatoes.

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How To Bake Sweet Potatoes

 Sweet potatoes are a drought tolerant crop that are grown in many southern states. Once harvested in the fall, they must be cured in a warm, humid environment to maximize the sugars then they can be stored long term in dry bins housed in a cool, humid environment up to 10 months before using. You may encounter a bin of sweet potatoes at your local market that range in size from 5-oz to 16-oz each. The main takeaway is to choose several vegetables of the same size for even baking in the oven. Use the recipe time as a guide as the true indicator of when they are fully cooked through is how the sweet potatoes gives when lightly pinched with your fingers or if they pierce easily with a fork.

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Baked sweet potatoes can be used for a variety of recipe applications. Sweet potato casserole, seasonal pies, pancakes & muffins are just a few of the ways we enjoy this nutritionally sound southern favorite. Line a half sheet pan with foil & pick up a dinner fork. Here’s what you should know.

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Follow recipe instructions to bake the number of potatoes need if preparing them for a specific application. Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork & place them onto a foil-lined half sheet pan. As they bake, you may notice the sugars breaking down & releasing through the holes. They will bake onto the potato skins & in some cases burn in little spots over the foil. This is normal. Simply avoid it when capturing the pulp for recipes.

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If preparing the potatoes to serve as a simple side dish, split them using a paring knife & pinch the ends to open them up. Top & fill the sweet potatoes however you so choose. To prepare them for recipe applications, allow the potatoes to cool for about 20 minutes. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop out the pulp with a spoon & place it in a bowl. Use the pulp as directed for recipe applications.

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