Baked Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar

mashed sweet potatoes
Photo: José Manuel Picayo Rivera
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Roasting sweet potatoes at a high oven temperature makes the skin delicious and extra crackly.


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, (8 to 10 ounces each), scrubbed

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons packed dark-brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. With a fork, poke potatoes in several places. Arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet; bake until tender, about 40 minutes.

  2. Cut a deep cross in the top of each potato, and push the ends together to make an opening. Sprinkle inside with salt and pepper; dot each potato with 1 tablespoon butter and 2 teaspoons sugar. Serve.

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