Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toppings

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy sweet potatoes—try them in a salad, as a side dish, or for dessert.


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 ½ to 3 pounds)

Toppings (Optional)

  • Blue cheese

  • Pecans

  • Sour cream

  • Bacon

  • Chopped chives

  • Butter

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • Black beans

  • Salsa

  • Monterey Jack

  • Chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce 4 medium sweet potatoes (2 1/2 to 3 pounds) several times with a fork; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until tender, 45 to 60 minutes. With a paring knife, cut an X in the top of each potato, and spread open. Add desired topping, and serve immediately.

  2. BASIC: Dot with softened butter, and season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

  3. SOUTHWESTERN: Layer with black beans, salsa, shredded Monterey Jack, and chopped cilantro.

  4. FRENCH: Crumble blue cheese over top, then sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans.

  5. ALL-AMERICAN: Dollop with sour cream; sprinkle with crumbled bacon and chopped chives.

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