The Basics: How to Make Roasted Sweet Potatoes

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

  • WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
  • - a large bowl
  • - a baking sheet
  • - 3 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • - vegetable oil
  • - salt and pepper
  • - 1 tablespoon of packed brown sugar

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

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  • 1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (it will take at least 20 minutes to warm up) and arrange a rack in the upper third.

    Step 1
  • 2. Scrub the sweet potatoes and cut them into large, even pieces.

    Step 2
  • 3. Place the sweet potatoes in the bowl, add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil, two large pinches of salt, a generous pinch of black pepper, and the brown sugar. Mix until the sweet potatoes are evenly coated.

    Step 3
  • 4. Dump the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and spread them in an even layer. Place them in the oven.

    Step 4
  • 5. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sweet potatoes are lightly browned and roasty looking. Makes 8 servings. See more Thanksgiving Basics.

    Step 5

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