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Video:How to Cook a Sweet Potato

with Jason Smiles

Cooking a sweet potato can be as easy as wrapping it in foil and sticking it in an oven, but you still have get the details right. Here are some tips on how to cook a sweet potato.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Cook a Sweet Potato

Hey, this is Jason Smiles and you're watching About.com. Today, we're going to talk about how to cook a sweet potato.

Cook Sweet Potatoes in Foil

You're going to need a sweet potato, and an equivalent number of foil sheets to however many sweet potatoes you're cooking. We're going to be cooking these potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, so the first step is to set your oven for 425 degrees. The second step is washing your sweet potatoes. These potatoes have already been washed. You want to give them a nice wash, a little scrub. Then, all you have to do is wrap them in tinfoil. That layer of tinfoil creates a nice insulating layer that holds in heat and moisture. You don't want your potatoes to dry out. It also decreases the cooking time by keeping the heat up.

Cook Wrapped Sweet Potatoes in Oven

Now that you have your potatoes wrapped up and your oven pre-heated to 425 degrees, all you have to do is put it right in the oven. You want to cook it for 40-45 minutes. The longer you cook it, the softer it will become. Now that your sweet potatoes are out of the oven, you want to give them just a moment to cool down before touching them so they're not too hot to handle. And when you're able to touch them, the way you can tell if they're done is by giving them the squeeze test. Give them a little squeeze and if you can, play with the outside; just about an inch, you want to be able to squeeze it. Just be careful when you're unwrapping it. The potato will still be very hot. There are many ways to serve sweet potatoes once they've been roasted. Today, I'm going to eat mine with some sautéed vegetables.

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