For The Best Baked Sweet Potatoes, Skip The Oven

- In recent years, sweet potato fries have grown in popularity, being added to restaurant menus across the U.S. and even sold in the frozen food aisle. 

But, in your search for convenience when making sweet potato fries, don't skip over the baked sweet potato.

Recipes abound for sweet potatoes that involve roasting, mashing, grilling, air frying, and microwaving them. 

Betty Crocker says that no matter the method you choose, you can't go wrong when preparing a sweet potato. 

One of the most classic sweet potato dishes that grace dining room tables on the holidays, is candied sweet potatoes, which includes brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg, (and the optional marshmallows), per a Southern Living recipe. 

A great bonus to the delicious taste of sweet potatoes is that, as starches go, they are quite healthy. 

A medium-sized sweet potato contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, according to Healthline. 

If you are looking for a way to keep sweet potatoes as healthy as possible, while also keeping the process simple, baking them is a great option. But what if we told you the oven might not be the best place in which to do that? 

Use a common kitchen appliance

The best and easiest way to make a baked sweet potato is in a slow cooker, advises Forks Over Knives. That's because the slow cooker is especially good at drawing out the sweetness of these potatoes' natural sugars. 

To prepare them, simply clean the exterior of four or five sweet potatoes, use a fork or other utensil to poke holes in the skins, then place them in a slow cooker in a single layer. 

Allow them to cook on high for about eight hours or until you can pierce the skin easily.

It's easy to keep the baked sweet potatoes healthy, but be careful when topping them. Skinny Taste suggests using butter, salt, and pepper to taste. 

For a bit more cozy flavor, you can also use cinnamon and pumpkin spice butter. But if you want to go all out, Bon App├ętit suggests decadent toppings like hot honey, cashews, and sausage as possible toppings. 

This recipe for Hasslebeck sweet potatoes can easily be adapted to the slow cooker and features ingredients like maple syrup and red pepper flakes that makes being healthy (and a little naughty) oh so delicious.

writter by: KATHERINE BECK


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