Baked Sweet Potato with Cinnamon

17 Jan


This may fall under the no-brainer category, but I thought I would explain how we bake our sweet potatoes here at the house. It’s one of our simplest recipes, and the only thing it needs is about 45 minutes of cooking time to ensure you get that perfect potato. Additionally, we like to take five seconds out of our busy day and add a little cinnamon to our potatoes, which gives just a twinge of complexity to the taste.

Here’s a couple neat facts about sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes originated in Central/South America. Papua New Guinea eats the most sweet potatoes per capita, with 500kg per person annually. North Carolina supplies most of the sweet potatoes we find in US markets. They’re only distant cousins to the white potato, despite sharing the same name. They’re also pretty distantly related to yams (which originated in Africa), even though here in the US we often (incorrectly) label our sweet potatoes as “yams”.

You’ll Need:
some sweet potatoes
some cinnamon
some tin foil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the sweet potatoes, and pierce them with a fork about four times per potato. Place them directly on the oven rack, and put a layer of tin foil on the rack below the potatoes to catch any drippings. Bake for 45 minutes and then squeeze the potatoes to check for doneness; they should be nice and squishy. If they are a little firm, leave them in for another 10 minutes.

Take them out of the oven, and cut the potato open length-wise. Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon and toss it around with a fork. That’s it!

6 Responses to “Baked Sweet Potato with Cinnamon”

  1. Suzanne January 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Yum! I love sweet potatoes with coconut butter and sea salt. Delicious!

  2. Simply Living Healthy January 17, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m with Suzanne…I like to put a bit of coconut butter and cinnamon or salt…depending on the main dish. This is how I cook mine too…perfect every time!

  3. Russ Crandall January 17, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Agreed, coconut goes really well with sweet potato…in fact, I have a recipe coming out soon for sweet potato poi, which is made using coconut milk and sea salt!

  4. Alex January 18, 2012 at 1:03 am #

    Sweet potato and cinnamon is a delightful combination. I usually take the easy way out and microwave my sweet potatoes, but I think one day I should do it up properly and bake ‘em!

    • Russ Crandall January 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      We used to microwave and/or steam all of our potatoes, but since starting to bake them a while back, we haven’t looked back…try it out! It’s a little messier with the sugary fizzles that drain out of the potato, but totally worth it!

  5. tia February 5, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I cook our sweet potatoes in the crock pot, it is so easy.
    I wash and don’t dry off all the water and just place in crock pot for a few hours.

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