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  • How long to bake sweet potatoes (and why)?

  • Rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake the sweet potatoes for 30 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for an additional 15-30 minutes. A fork or knife should be easily inserted into the center of the potato when it’s finished baking. Remove from the oven and allow the potatoes to cool for 5 minutes.

  • Can You bake sweet potatoes before mashing?

  • Baking the sweet potatoes eliminates the prep work of peeling, chopping, boiling, and draining for tender potatoes. While baking takes at least an hour in the oven, this step is completely hands-off and can be done several days in advance. Baking the sweet potatoes until tender also makes them incredibly easy to mash.

  • How do you cook sweet potatoes so they don鈥檛 taste bad?

  • Give the potatoes a good rub making sure the entire surface is covered with oil and seasoned properly. ( I don鈥檛 use pepper on the outside of my potato because if my sweet tooth kicks in and I decided to cover and smother the sweet potatoes with brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon, I鈥檓 in a pickle .)

  • How much butter do you put in a baked sweet potato?

  • 4 large sweet potatoes 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions Instructions Checklist Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in center position.