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Sweet & Simple Sweet Potatoes

Updated on December 12, 2014

The Dilemma

As a newlywed one of the first things I discovered about my husband was that he did not like sweet potatoes. My grandma's method of preparation was the traditional candied kind but that was exactly the kind my husband refused to eat. To him, the thought of eating orange potatoes covered in sugar and marshmallows was just revolting.

My husband's mother also made candied yams/sweet potatoes too. However, she shared with me an alternative method of preparation that I really liked. It included yams, apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. When all baked together, it tasted great to me and way better than candied sweet potatoes, but my husband was not a fan of that recipe either.

The Solution, Finally!

But luckily, at this point, I had one more trick up my sleeve, thanks to grandma, who had taught me more than one method to "skin a sweet potato!" Then, after tasting our simple recipe, my husband's entire perception of those orange potatoes had changed. He learned that he liked the alternative and very simple way my grandma had also taught me to prepare sweet potatoes. It's a two ingredient recipe and couldn't be simpler. It makes the tastiest sweet potatoes my husband or I have ever had. Our children are also fans of this simple method and prefer it to any other sweet potato recipe.

The Bonus

It provides a healthier way to eat this sweet vegetable, which is a bonus since everyone is looking for the healthiest way to eat these days. The second ingredient, butter, can be added in any amount you choose. In fact, if you get a quality sweet potato, it will taste great without any butter at all, as long as it's hot from the oven.

Maybe the Sweet Potato is Not as Bad as You Once Thought?

If you are one who is also turned off by the thought of candied veggies, give this method a try. You might be surprised to learn that sweet potatoes are one of your favorite foods after all.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 2-3 minutes

Total Time: 1-1 1/2 hours

Serves: 4-6


  • 4 -5 sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup butter (more or less to taste)


  1. Wash sweet potatoes.
  2. Place potatoes on a piece of foil inside oven to catch any sugary juices that cook out.
  3. Bake at 350 for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size--larger sweet potatoes take longer to cook.
  4. When they feel soft to the touch remove from oven.
  5. Peel off skins.
  6. Place in a bowl and mash together.
  7. Add butter.
  8. Stir & Serve.

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What do you think of sweet potatoes? A favorite or not?

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I must try this recipe. We will bake them often, or make them candied for Thanksgiving, but I still haven't mashed them. On to the grocery list they go for next week. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning!

    • DLeighAlexander profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @ecogranny: Thank you for the sweet comment :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      This is how my sweetheart and I prefer our sweet potatoes too, plain and simple, with just a little butter to help ooze out even more of their sweet goodness. Excellent recipe.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love sweet potatoes most any way you make them. :)


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