how to cook sweet potatoes

How To Cook Sweet Potatoes

Easy Recipes Rating: Very Easy

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes

Hands-Off Time: 45 mins

To cook sweet potatoes so as to retain their natural sweetness, the best way is to roast them.

  • Preheat the oven at 400C/ 200F

  • Peel the skin and discard

  • rinse it clean then slice into chunks. Now I slice them to be no more than 1/2 inch thick as otherwise it takes to long to roast

  • Toss them into a baking tray. There's no need to be precious except that it should not be overcrowded - the heat needs to evenly access and cook the sweet potato

  • Pour a high temperature cooking oil like rice bran or sunflower oil over the sweet potato. Using tongs, toss them so that they're all evenly coated in the oil.  The oil prevents them dehyrdating too much in in the oven

  • Bake for 45 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes once to so that it's evenly cooked.

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  • Peel then rinse the tubers.
  • Cut into large chunks for roasting or boiling.

  • Chop into smaller diced pieces for roasted sweet potato to go into salads.
  • Or slice thinly.

  • They can be boiled.
  • Then mashed. It is a healthy and naturally sweet, easy to puree baby food.

  • If roasting, line the baking try with parchment.
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  • Use an oil suitable for use with high temperatures.

  • Oil the sweet potatoes and season as you wish, then place on a roasting tray taking care not to overcrowd the pieces. Hot air must evenly access the food for even cooking.
  • Roast potatoes served with roasted sweet potatoes.

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  • I roast them on a lasagna tray so then can be served straight from the oven

  • Serve sweet potato with a roast dinner

  • The key though, is to be sure the roasting pan is not overcrowded. Be sure they're oiled well, the spread out so that there is lots of room between the chunks. The hot air needs to get amongst the food so that the pieces are cooked evenly. You will find, if the pan is crowded, it actually takes longer to cook

  • Variations:  Season with salt, pepper and garlic when tossing with oil

  • Variations:  For a herby flavor, roast with lots of dried oregano

  • Variations:  The Asians make a delicious sweet potato dessert by boiling in sugared water and adding sago

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