Sweet Potatoes: Cooking Basics and Recipes
Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet, nutritious, and so versatile. Whether you like them baked, mashed, in a pie, or as fries, we have an easy sweet potato recipe for you to try.
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Choosing and Storing Sweet Potatoes
- Look for the tastiest potatoes in their peak season: winter. Choose firm potatoes that are small to medium in size with smooth, unblemished skins.
- If you do not plan to use the potatoes right away, store them in a cool, dry, dark place. Do not refrigerate sweet potatoes, as they will dry out.
Baked Sweet PotatoesBaked Sweet Potato
For a flavorful finish, top baked sweet potatoes with cranberries, toasted walnuts, and a dab of butter.
To prepare baked sweet potatoes in your microwave: Prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning the potatoes once.
Sweet Potato FriesBaked Sweet Potato Fries
Baked sweet potato fries -- packed full of vitamins A and C -- are a more nutritious alternative to regular french fries.
Tip: Cut each fry to an even thickness. Because sweet potatoes contain more sugar than regular potatoes, they tend to burn easily and cook unevenly if cut too thin.