As a sweet potato aficionado, I've tried my fair share of cooking methods. From roasting to sautéing to grilling, I've probably attempted to cook a sweet potato almost every way possible way. After many, many tries, I have finally found the perfect way to cook a sweet potato. With just minimal prep and a little patience, you will have a gooey, caramelized sweet potato

Step 1:

Buy a sweet potato (roughly one pound). I am a huge fan of Japanese sweet potatoes. They are purple on the outside and white on the inside. They tend to be richer and doughier in consistency than regular sweet potatoes, but still extremely sweet.

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Step 2:

Place your sweet potato on tin foil in the oven to ensure no leakage of juices into your oven.

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Step 3:

Turn the oven to 400 degrees and set a timer for 1.5 hours.

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Step 4:

When the timer finishes, turn the oven off. The key here is to keep the oven closed and leave the sweet potatoes in. This is when they caramelize in their skin and become sweet and gooey and oh so delicious!

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Step 5:

When ready to eat, take out of the oven and eat it with just about anything!

Isabel Hebner