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Hands Down the Best Recipe to Roast a Sweet Potato

I thought I knew how to roast a sweet potato, but I was wrong. Sure, pricking a sweet potato with a fork, wrapping it in tinfoil, and roasting it until done at 350 degrees Fahrenheit works, but there is a better way. A method that’s equally uncomplicated, takes no more time, and yields superlative results. This method comes courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen’s recently released How to Roast Everything, and, I suspect is the only way I will ever roast a sweet potato ever again.

Essentially, it combines two classic methods into one. First, you microwave a (pricked) sweet potato until soft, then you roast it for about an hour so that it gets almost creamy and takes on an intense, slightly caramelized flavor.

As for what to do with said roasted sweet potato, the sky’s the limit:

1. Do as the folks at ATK do and dollop it with a bit of dressed-up sour cream (their recipe calls for a bit of minced chives, garlic, and salt).

2. Try a garam masala yogurt (plain yogurt seasoned with lemon juice, garam masala, and salt).

3. Stay simple and drop a generous pat of salted butter into one while it’s still steaming.

4. Do a classic steakhouse take, mash together some salted butter, cinnamon, and sugar before slathering it on, for a sweet-leaning side.

5. Or, if you’re looking for an excellent, healthy, make-ahead breakfast, do as I’ve been doing lately, and scoop out the flesh, mash it up with some warm spices, collagen peptides, and salt, then dollop it with maple-tahini sauce, and some fun toppings. It is even better than it sounds.

Notes: The same method can be employed with larger sweet potatoes; adjust the microwave time accordingly, using a thermometer and textural cues to determine their readiness for the oven. In my experience 8-ounce sweet potatoes are usually ready to go around the 7 minute mark, larger ones (even up to 14 ounces) closer to 9 minutes.

Adapted from How to Roast Everything: A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More by America’s Test Kitchen

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Try this once and you’ll never go back to your old ways.

Hands Down the Best Recipe to Roast a Sweet Potato

I thought I knew how to roast a sweet potato, but I was wrong. Sure, pricking a sweet potato with a fork, wrapping it in tinfoil, and roasting it until done at 350 degrees Fahrenheit works, but there is a better way. A method that’s equally uncomplicated, takes no more time, and yields superlative results. This method comes courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen’s recently released How to Roast Everything, and, I suspect is the only way I will ever roast a sweet potato ever again.

Essentially, it combines two classic methods into one. First, you microwave a (pricked) sweet potato until soft, then you roast it for about an hour so that it gets almost creamy and takes on an intense, slightly caramelized flavor.

As for what to do with said roasted sweet potato, the sky’s the limit:

1. Do as the folks at ATK do and dollop it with a bit of dressed-up sour cream (their recipe calls for a bit of minced chives, garlic, and salt).

2. Try a garam masala yogurt (plain yogurt seasoned with lemon juice, garam masala, and salt).

3. Stay simple and drop a generous pat of salted butter into one while it’s still steaming.

4. Do a classic steakhouse take, mash together some salted butter, cinnamon, and sugar before slathering it on, for a sweet-leaning side.

5. Or, if you’re looking for an excellent, healthy, make-ahead breakfast, do as I’ve been doing lately, and scoop out the flesh, mash it up with some warm spices, collagen peptides, and salt, then dollop it with maple-tahini sauce, and some fun toppings. It is even better than it sounds.

Notes: The same method can be employed with larger sweet potatoes; adjust the microwave time accordingly, using a thermometer and textural cues to determine their readiness for the oven. In my experience 8-ounce sweet potatoes are usually ready to go around the 7 minute mark, larger ones (even up to 14 ounces) closer to 9 minutes.

Adapted from How to Roast Everything: A Game-Changing Guide to Building Flavor in Meat, Vegetables, and More by America’s Test Kitchen

Brit + Co may at times use affiliate links to promote products sold by others, but always offers genuine editorial recommendations.

(Photo via Nicole Perry / Brit + Co)


Ingredients

  • 4 small (8-ounce) sweet potatoes, unpeeled, each lightly pricked with fork in 3 places
  • kosher salt

Directions

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Arrange potatoes on a large microwave-safe plate or baking dish and microwave until potatoes yield to gentle pressure and reach an internal temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, 6 to 9 minutes, flipping potatoes every 3 minutes at first, and checking on them every 1 minute after the 6 minute mark.

Line a half-sheet pan with aluminum foil, arrange a wire rack on top of that, and spray the wire rack with nonstick spray. (If you don’t have nonstick spray, use a paper towel to rub oil on the rack.) Transfer the potatoes to the prepared rack and bake for 1 hour (exteriors will be lightly browned and potatoes will feel very soft when squeezed).

Slit each potato lengthwise; using clean dish towel, hold ends and squeeze slightly to push flesh up and out. Transfer potatoes to serving dish. Season generously with salt.

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Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

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Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

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