By Jennifer Farley eHow
- Grocery stores and farmer’s markets will often carry an assortment of sweet potato varieties during the fall and winter seasons. These potatoes may vary slightly in appearance and taste but can all be prepared using the same methods.
- Unless you’re preparing mashed sweet potatoes, peeling is an optional step. As with regular potatoes, the peel on a sweet potato is edible. If you leave the peel on, make sure to wash and scrub the skin thoroughly to remove any dirt. When dicing sweet potatoes, aim for a uniform sized cut for even cooking. The smaller the dice, the faster the cooking time.
Roasting is one of the best methods for bringing out flavor in vegetables, and sweet potatoes are no exception. While this method takes the longest, it’s also a good “set it and forget it” option if other components of a meal are being simultaneously prepared.
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Toss the sweet potatoes with a light coating of extra virgin olive oil, and spread in a single layer on the prepared sheet pan.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, flipping the potatoes once halfway through to ensure even roasting.