How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

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Learn how to cook sweet potatoes for all of your favorite sweet potato recipes. Making sweet potatoes is very much like preparing any other type of potato.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes

Here's how to cook sweet potatoes by boiling, baking, microwaving, frying, oven roasting, grilling and making a sweet potato recipe in your crockpot.

Baking sweet potatoes is one of the easiest ways to cook sweet potatoes. Simply wash or scrub the potatoes, prick the skin with a fork or sharp knife and bake them at 400 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until done. A baked sweet potato recipe can be a perfect side dish for many meals. Oven roasted sweet potatoes recipes are often requested; these are similar recipes for cooking sweet potatoes by baking them. 

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Boiled sweet potatoes are used in many sweet potato recipes. Place whole, unpeeled, sweet potatoes in boiling water and cook them for 35 to 45 minutes, depending on their size. Drain the cooked sweet potatoes and peel them when they are just cool enough to handle. Use the boiled sweet potatoes in your:

Steamed sweet potatoes is a way of cooking sweet potatoes that achieves similar results to boiling them. Bring 1 1/2 inches of water to a boil in a vegetable steamer. Place whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes in the steam basket; steam until tender. Allow 40 to 50 minutes for an eight ounce sweet potato. When peeled and cut into one inch cubes, sweet potatoes will cook in about 30 minutes.

Microwave sweet potatoes for quick and easy sweet potato dishes. Select sweet potatoes for microwaving that are uniform in thickness from one end to the other for even cooking. Wash the potatoes and prick the skins. Microwave the sweet potatoes on high; turn half way through the cooking process. If cooking one sweet potato, cooking time will be about 3 - 4 minutes; for two potatoes allow 5 - 6 minutes; for three potatoes, 7 - 8 minutes and for four it will take 8 - 9 minutes for all potatoes to be cooked through.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes for Fries and Chips

  • Fried sweet potato recipes can be made in a skillet by placing about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a the pan. Heat the oil to about 365 degrees F, then add peeled and sliced sweet potatoes to the hot oil. Fry, turning occasionally, for about five minutes or until they are tender and browned. Remove the fried sweet potatoes from the oil and draim on paper towels. Serve with salt and pepper or other of your favorite sweet potato seasonings.
  • Sweet Potato Fries Recipe: Boil sweet potatoes for about ten minutes. Peel, if desired, and cut into strips. Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 365 degrees F. Place sweet potato strips into the hot oil and cook until golden. Drain, sprinkle with salt, brown sugar, or ground nutmeg.
  • Sweet Potato Chips Recipe: can be made by scrubbing the sweet potatoes then cut them into 1/4 inch thick slices. Brush each side of the slices lightly with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn the sweet potato chips and bake for another 15 minutes or until both sides are lightly toasted.

Crock pot sweet potato recipes are a great way to make a sweet potato soup recipe or sweet potato stews and as a way to make mashed sweet potatoes that you want to keep hot while the rest of the meal is cooking. 

Grilled sweet potatoes can be made over a campfire by individually wrapping medium-size sweet potatoes in heavy duty foil. Place the sweet potatoes on the grill about 5 inches from hot coals. Let them cook for about 45 minutes or until tender. To shorten the cooking time on the grill, boil the sweet potatoes for about 10 minutes before wrapping them in foil.

Fresh sweet potatoes: In addition to learning how to cook sweet potatoes, you should know that sweet potatoes can be eaten fresh, or raw, as well. Just wash and peel sweet potatoes. Cut them into sticks or round slices. Place the cut sweet potatoes in ice water or in a plastic bag with several ice cubes for 10 minutes. Drain and serve or store in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Raw sweet potatoes are tasty when served go with dips, applesauce or salsa.

Learning how to cook sweet potatoes in a variety of ways will give you lots of new options for a side dish to go with pork, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb and other meats and fish. Cooking sweet potatoes is also a way to make tasty stews, soups, salads and baked goods like sweet potato breads, pies, custards and cakes.

Enhance the natural sweet flavor of sweet potatoes with flavorings and seasonings like orange juice and zest; rum; bourbon; ginger; sweet spices; dark sugars; syrups; pecans; raisins; and currants.

How to Cook Sweet Potatoes Related Pages:

Ways to Cook Potatoes

How to Peel Potatoes

How to Boil Potatoes

How to Bake A Potato

How to Roast Potatoes

How to Microwave Potatoes

How to Rice Potatoes

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