Stupendous Slow Baked Sweet Potatoes

"This is a super simple recipe that my entire extended family has adopted. It does takes 3 hours from start to finish, but the results are really worth it."
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Ready In:
3hrs 2mins




  • Place rack in center of oven. Preheat to 350 degrees.
  • Scrub sweet potatoes to remove any dirt. Place sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet or an oven-proof stone. Bake for one hour.
  • Remove sweet potatoes from oven, flip them to the other side, and bake another hour.
  • Once the second hour has passed, turn OFF the oven and keep the potatoes in the oven for another hour.
  • This long baking time produces a very sweet sweet potato that is very easy to peel. They are almost carmelized. (Take a bite before you add the butter, it really doesn't need it).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Amber S.
    Low & slow. I tried it & it was amazing! Best yams ever, reminded me of outbacks sweet potatoes. I added a little organic brown sugar to the finished yam. Delicious, thank you for sharing.
  2. Casey W.
    Hello! I have jumbo sweet potatoes - would an hour on each side still work?


  1. alceann.aa
    I learned this years ago from a Ph.D. in horticulture. He explained the chemical process of breaking down the sugars. 4 hours at 250° - even better! Slow and low is the way to go!
  2. Jamie B.
    This turned out fantastic! I just shared this recipe on Facebook. I was inspired by a sweet potato I had at a restaurant and you didn't even need butter, it was sooo soft and delicious. Waitress said the trick is *low and slow* and I searched for a recipe, found this recipe, made it, and MAN IT WAS PERFECT! I didn't need butter, skin peeled right off.. THANK YOU! :D
  3. Jill B.
  4. gailanng
    veggie_mama, I'm sorry, what was that? I was looking in my oven...
  5. 55tbird
    Wonderful recipe...just as good as Texas Roadhouse sweet potatoes!!


I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I moved to Atlanta in 1994. I have been a vegetarian since 1990. I enjoy preparing low-fat vegetarian meals for my family.
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