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How to Cook a Sweet Potato

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On April 28, 2009 @ 5:45 pm In How To,Recipes | 34 Comments

Tonight the guys had fish sticks (I know!), mashed sweet potatoes and corn. I didn’t have any trouble preparing the veggies, but just couldn’t handle the meat! Since Hubs gets home late on Tuesdays and couldn’t help with the meal, I had to get out the fish sticks!

I did want to share with you what I did with my sweet potatoes.  I bought these when they were on sale during the Easter week for $.49/lb!  I will have a few portions of inexpensive veggies for our meals!

This is my favorite way to prepare them as I find that cooking them this way brings out more “sweetness” and candy flavor than roasting or microwaving. We eat them plain too and they are plenty tasty!

If you have a baby or young toddler who still eats softer foods, this is also a great way to prepare sweet potatoes for little mouths!

Favorite Sweet Potato Recipes

How to Cook a Sweet Potato

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • 4 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 cup water (depending on the size of your dish)
  • Optional: butter, cinnamon, and ginger


  • Place sweet potatoes into baking dish. Slit each sweet potato with knife.

  • Add about 1/4 inch of water to the baking dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

  • When each sweet potato is soft, remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before handling.
  • Squeeze the ends and get the skin to come apart. Skin will be very soft and will come apart from the sweet potato flesh.

  • Scoop out flesh and mash.

  • If you like, add a little butter, cinnamon and ginger and mix in.

  • Mash it up and enjoy!

  • Place in meal size portions in plastic containers or plastic freezer baggies. Freeze if you don’t plan to eat them all right away!


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