I was a regular russet potato kind of girl when my husband introduced me to the wonders of sweet potatoes. Not only do I now find them a whole lot tastier, they’re also healthier for us! In fact, one small sweet potato has 262% of the daily value of vitamin A and 29% of the daily value of vitamin C. Sweet potatoes also have twice as much fiber as regular potatoes. They’re now a part of our weekly dinner routine, no matter what the main courses might be.
When I make sweet potatoes, I usually bake them in the oven (or cook them in the microwave if I’m strapped for time). But we recently discovered that there is a better way to cook them in order to make them creamier and more flavorful (without any added ingredients or condiments). It’s very simple – just throw them in the crock pot!
After you rinse and scrub the outsides of them, just use a fork to poke some holes in them and put them straight into the crock pot. There’s no need to dry them – the liquid leftover on the potatoes from rinsing is all the liquid they’ll need. Then set the crock pot to low and cook for 6-7 hours (for 4 potatoes at a time). If you need your potatoes sooner, you can also throw them in the crock pot on high for about 3 hours. You should end up with perfect sweet potatoes with basically no effort required.
My husband and I just tried these for dinner last night, and they were definitely the creamiest sweet potatoes we’ve ever made!
Now that you’ve mastered how to make your plain sweet potatoes that much tastier, are you ready to take your sweet potato game to the next level? If so, then check out one of our favorite sweet potato recipes of all time – Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes! These are sure to liven up weekday dinners or dazzle your family on any special occasion.