Sometimes you do not feel like creating a whole meal after a tiring day at work. It is a lot easier to bake sweet potatoes, have it with a salad, and call it a day.
You will need the following things to bake sweet potatoes at a 400 oven temperature:
Vegetable brush for oiling
Kitchen paper towel
Fork for poking
Foil for wrapping
Butter or margarine or olive oil
Cinnamon to season
Kosher salt to taste
How to bake sweet potatoes at 400?
Prepare the oven
As with any baking project, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit as required.
Prepare the potatoes
In the meantime, the oven is heating; it is time to begin preparing the potatoes. Grab the vegetable brush your family member gifted you and use it to scrub and apply cold water to the surface. Use a julienne peeler to remove eyes you may see that will compromise the baking consistency once the potatoes are in the oven.
After you have prepared them, use the kitchen towel to pat them dry.
Now use the fork to poke holes throughout the potatoes’ surface. The holes will provide even cooking and prevent the potatoes from exploding inside the oven from internal baking.
Wrapping the potatoes
Before placing the potatoes in the oven, wrap them in aluminum foil. The foil would result in softer and crispier skin retaining the heat underneath the foil.
Remember to place a baking sheet liner on the lower rack of the oven. Suppose you decide not to wrap the potatoes in aluminum foil. In that case, they may start discharging natural starch and sugar present inside the potatoes. The baking sheet will catch any dripping.
Now place the sweet potatoes in the middle rack. If you are feeling adventurous, have it be a combination of wrapped and baked potatoes. The delicious sweet baked potatoes will be ready soon. However, they may take up to an hour if they are large in size.
Assess the potatoes
After enough time has passed, take them out of the oven and, using the fork again, poke them to assess the baking stage. If the fork comes out without any flesh residue, the potatoes are done. You will not need to apply much force if the potatoes are raw inside.
Season the potatoes
After you have skinned and potatoes’ flesh is on display, you may season them. Use kosher salt and cinnamon to season. Other seasonal varieties include margarine or crushed black pepper.
How long does it take to bake sweet potatoes at 400?
The baking time of sweet potatoes depends on the quality and eating of the oven. On average, sweet potatoes take an average time of 45 to 50 minutes to bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally speaking, the internal temperature of the cooked potatoes should register from anywhere between 205 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part of the sweet potatoes.
Now that your sweet baked potatoes are ready, it’s time to munch. You can eat them as sides or as a whole meal with skins. The skins of the sweet potatoes are jam-packed with potassium and fiber, so don’t shy away from eating them. Fair warning: the baked skin is tasty but exceptionally chewy.