Perfectly Baked Sweet Potato

  • Author: The Kitchen Whisperer

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  • Olive Oil
  • sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon per potato
  • 12 Tbl butter per potato
  • 1 Tbl brown sugar per potato


  1. Heat the Oven to 450°F – Turn on the oven while you’re preparing the potatoes.
  2. Scrub the Potatoes – Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water and pat them dry. You don’t have to remove the eyes, but trim away any blemishes with a paring knife.
  3. Season the Potatoes – Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil. It’s easiest to use your hands, but a pastry brush also works fine.
  4. Prick with a Fork or sharp knife (watch your fingers) – Prick the potatoes in a few places with the tines of a fork. This allows steam to escape from the baking potato.
  5. Bake the Potatoes – You can bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack, or you can place them a few inches apart on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the potatoes for 45-60 minutes. Flip them over every 20 minutes or so and check them for doneness by piercing them with a fork. Potatoes are done when the skins are dry and the insides feel completely soft when pierced.
  6. To get the skins crispy, broil on high for 3-5 minutes per side.
  7. Remove from oven and cut a slit down the middle but not going all the way through.
  8. Putting 2 fingers at one end and your thumbs at the other squeeze inward causing the potato to “bloom” open.
  9. Add the butter, cinnamon and brown sugar


Never wrap in foil…. Why? That ends up steaming the potato and giving is a soft skin.

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