Can you bake a potato? then you can bake a sweet
potato. It's almost exactly the same. Just wash it,
poke holes in the skin as vents, then bake it in the
oven or microwave. I find it takes less time for a sweet
potato than it does for a baking potato of the same
size, so a small one will take about 4 minutes and a
large one about 6. I divide the time in half,
and turn the potato upside-down in the middle so one
side won't harden.
I find sweet potatoes tasty enough to eat by themselves.
Others like to put butter on them. Without butter they're
filling and quite low in calories!
If you have the chance, try Japanese sweet potatoes.
They have slightly purplish skins, and the insides are
whitish yellow. They have a distinctive flavor, and
a firmer texture than regular sweet potatoes. They may
take a minute or two longer to cook than their orange
brethren. And if you want something that looks really
funky, try Okinawan yams, which are not yams at all
but purple sweet potatoes. The skins are pale, and the
flesh is vivid purple (see the photo on the right). They taste pretty much like regular
Japanese sweet potatoes.
Oh, yeah - if you can bake a sweet potato, you can
bake a regular potato. Just as above, except a little
longer. An average russet will take about 8 minutes, and small
ones 4-5 minutes. I've even baked fingerling potatoes;
those are just right for a bento box. 3 minutes for
A fun way to package
sweet potato is to mash it, then, using plastic
wrap, squeeze it into a little sphere the size of a
golf ball. This works better with Japanese or purple
sweet potatoes than it does with orange ones because
the flesh is firmer.