Sweet Potato How Do I Love Thee…

Sweet Potato, how do I love thee; let me count the ways. There are lots of ways to prepare sweet potatoes, but I prefer ONE way, the easiest way, the way that brings out the very best in sweet potato flavor.

Wash it, poke the skin in a few places, put it in the oven, and bake it at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes, more or less, depending on the size of the sweet potato. (You may want to put aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven because a little puddle of sweetness will fall from the potato near the end of baking.) Notice the sweet sizzling syrup oozing from the skin. When you see this, your sweet potato is almost done! Give it a few minutes longer. Stick it with a knife. If the knife goes in without ANY resistance, it is ready. Now you have the sweetest sweet potato you could ever eat with only half the work of a fancy recipe. Not only is the meat of the sweet potato delicious; the skin tastes like a caramel candy bar. I scoop the meat out of the skin and garnish .. uh .. slather on some butter, and my husband and I enjoy! He doesn’t bother with butter or scoop out the meat. He prefers it as is and without butter.

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About Carol Ann Ritchey

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14 Responses to Sweet Potato How Do I Love Thee…

  1. buttercup600 says:

    Back in South Africa we did this one hot coles, my favourite of all time. I love sweet potatoe in all forms but have to say this is my all time favourite!!. You have made my mouth water now!! Would love to read the above but time :(…might save this link and read it when I have more 🙂 Thanks Carol xxx


    • Thank you for stopping on your way through your blogging day. I know it is a challenge for you to reply to all the comments you receive on your excellent posts. I enjoy your posts everyday, Amanda. Blessings to you as you travel swiftly through cyberspace blessing so many bloggers on your way…


  2. planejaner says:

    Carol Ann–
    I do love a sweet potato!
    We eat them all fall and winter long…
    I love to bake them, then whip them up with butter, salt, milk and butter…and re-bake it…and then, if we are feeling extravagant, put on some marshmallows…



    • Yummy! Sounds fancy and delicious! Do you grow them in your garden, too? We didn’t grow potatoes but we grew carrots and squash and peppers and lots of tomatoes. My grandmother used to bake sweet potatoes with a brown sugar glaze, but it was more than a glaze. It was like a syrup. She only did it at Thanksgiving. But sweet potatoes are so naturally sweet they really don’t need sugar. Your recipe sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing…


  3. Liza Kane says:

    Mmmm…I heart sweet potato ohso much! I like mine plainly baked too, but I do love mine with butter and brown sugar! I went to a restaurant recently, and had sweet potato fries; not my favorite way of having them (since I like sweet potato, well…sweet), but still a fun discovery! Now, I’m craving sweet potato…


    • Thank you for stopping by, Liza. This is the time of year when sweet potatoes are plentiful. I love them smothered in brown sugar and butter, too. I’ve tried sweet potato fries, also, but I like them better baked either with or without brown sugar. Their sweet caramel flavor seems to be enhanced in the oven. Blessings to you…


  4. Yvette says:

    Here the tradition is to boil them….not thrilling I prefer to make large chips and bake in oven ….mmmmm.yummy!


    • Good morning, Yvette! It is morning here and your comment is greeting me. Thank you for stopping by and for your words. Large chips baked in the oven! That does sound good, too. I’m sure if you bake them in chips that they are excellent. You are a gourmet cook, Yvette, and I may learn much from visiting your blog. Blessings to you…


  5. Laura Best says:

    I’ve only ever boiled sweet potato. Guess I’ll have to try baking them now. Sounds delicious, Carol Ann.


    • They are very tasty baked in the oven and so easy to prepare. I have boiled them before, too. There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes. Thank you for stopping by, Laura. Blessings to you…


  6. trisha says:

    i dont know if you will be surprised or not but i too love sweet potatos. i can even boil them and eat them. without doing anything else.

    in my province we usually make a fried sweet dish from sweet potatoes.

    lots of love.


    • I really enjoy Indian cooking so I am sure I would enjoy your sweet dish from sweet potatoes. All the fragrant spices make foods taste delicious. Baking sweet potatoes gives them a different texture than boiling, but one must be sure to bake them thoroughly to the point that the sugars develop a caramel flavor. The photo shows the juices oozing out. I would love to taste that fried sweet dish! Blessings to you…


  7. stellacarolyn says:

    We love sweet potatos around here- and the baby really enjoys them steamed and mashed. I loved them roasted with a bit of olive oil and salt/pepper but really, in the end, as long as it’s a sweet potato, we can’t go wrong!


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