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How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F

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author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Sweet potatoes, like the name implies, are a bit sweeter in flavor than their red, white or gold cousins. Sweet potatoes are also packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, making them a nutritious vegetable choice. Sweet potatoes are not just for enjoyment on Thanksgiving, and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Baking sweet potatoes is a popular, healthy and easy way to prepare the vegetable, and a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven helps dense sweet potatoes cook relatively quickly.

Step 1

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit while you prepare the potatoes.

Step 2

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Scrub the sweet potatoes with a vegetable brush and cold water. Remove any fiber-like eyes that may protrude from the vegetable. Pat the sweet potatoes dry with a paper towel.

Step 3

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Poke each potato several times with a fork. The small vent holes will prevent the sweet potatoes from exploding in the hot oven.

Step 4

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Wrap each sweet potato in aluminum foil if you prefer eating a softer skin, or keep the potato unwrapped to enjoy a crispier skin.

Step 5

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. When baking "naked" sweet potatoes in a 400-degree Fahrenheit oven, oozing of the potato's natural sugars may occur; use the baking pan to catch the drippings.

Step 6

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Place the sweet potatoes on the middle rack of the oven and set a kitchen timer for 40 minutes. Tubers on the small side may be tender and ready within this time frame; larger specimens could bake for up to an hour before they are tender.

Step 7

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Pierce the potato's skin with the fork to check for doneness; the potato's flesh should allow the utensil to slide in and out easily without resistance.

Step 8

How to Bake Sweet Potatoes at 400 F
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Cut open the baked sweet potatoes and season them with a variety of toppings, including margarine, cinnamon or salt.

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