How to bake a sweet potato 3 ways - and the tools you need to do it
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- Sweet potatoes are rich in nutrients, low in fat, and versatile enough for use in many meals across many cuisines.
- Unlike potatoes and yams, most types of sweet potato can actually be eaten raw without danger to your health, but they only offer nutrition when properly cooked.
- Here's how to bake a sweet potato three different ways and the tools you need to do it, including a baking sheet, an air fryer, and a microwave.
Sweet potatoes are delicious cut into fries, mashed, chopped and tossed with herbs, made into pies, mixed into muffins, and so much more. They are affordable, easy to find, and pretty easy to handle, too.
Just skin 'em or wash 'em, slice em or pierce 'em, and cook 'em up. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, what is a sweet potato, anyway?
According to the Dictionary, it's a:
a plant, Ipomoea batatas, of the morning glory family, grown for its sweet, edible, tuberous root
But that's not much help, practically speaking.
The sweet potato is a surprisingly distant "relative" to the regular old potato. While they share an order, Solanales, they differ in species, genus, and family, though both share origins in South and Central America.
The sweet potato and regular potato also differ in nutritional value. Sweet potatoes have almost triple the calcium as most regular potato varietals, and are loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene. And they're not yams! Those are native to Africa, and tend to be much drier and starchier than a sweet potato.
All that said, they cook in much the same way as a regular potato, albeit usually cooking faster than a standard Russet. So if you're already familiar with baking potatoes, then learning how to cook a sweet potato won't take you long at all.
Read on in the slides below to learn how to bake a sweet potato.
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