Baked potatoes are so much fun because we each get to enjoy our own little side dish, meal or snack in an edible pocket, and we can mash and fill them as we desire. For regular baked potatoes I like to split mine open, mash it a bit, and drizzle it with olive oil and then top it with lots of chunky salsa. Celia likes hers with sour cream and cheddar cheese, and Solomon is more traditional with just a little butter on his.

Baked sweet potatoes and have natural sweetness and creaminess that tastes so indulgent for such a healthy root vegetable. We like to enhance their natural sweet creaminess by mashing in a little bit of butter and pure maple syrup. I always bake extra potatoes so we can enjoy them for lunches or snacks later in the week.

How do you like your baked potatoes? What are your favorite toppings? Do tell!

Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes

Enhance the natural sweet creaminess of sweet potatoes by mashing in a little bit of butter and pure maple syrup.


  • 3-6 sweet potatoes
  • 2-4 Tbsp. butter, to taste
  • 2-4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, to taste (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted, if desired, and chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Place the potatoes on the baking sheet and bake them for 45 - 50 minutes until they are very tender.  (Alternatively, you can microwave the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until they are soft, turning them every five minutes.) 
  2. Split the potatoes lengthwise and mash in desired toppings (we like a little butter or margarine, maple syrup and chopped pecans).

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5 Responses to “Baked Sweet Potatoes”

  1. michele

    we Love mashed sweet potatoes in our home too.
    Sweet potatoes are just as versatile as white potatoes. Adding pecan is a yummy idea to add a little crunch or texture as the pros like to say 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Stewart

    I love sweet potatoes, too. I mash them in the skins and spice them up w/cinnamon, nutmeg, some finely diced red onion, a tiny bit of butter and a squeeze of fresh orange juice. It’s like a savory pumpkin pie.

  3. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    One of my customers just told me she likes baked sweet potato topped with crumbled blue cheese–now I’m dying to try it.

  4. Andiegirl

    I add the butter, brown sugar, a litlle evapoareted milk, whip the potatoes and then add the pecans, throw on some marshmallows, put back in the oven, until the marshmallows are browned and softened. Yummy! I’ve added drained pineapple chunks, also good.