Learn how to bake potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. We'll show you everything from start to finish, including flavoring ideas for making yummy UNrecipes.
And who doesn't LOVE a piping hot baked potato covered with all the fixins'? A comfort food, for sures. When you need something that can just cook in the background while you take care of other things, this is the way to go.
A couple of interesting factoids you might like to know. As mentioned in our Potato Cooking Guide, if you go to your local grocery store here in the U.S. and you see a "yam" on the shelf? That is, in all actuality, a sweet potato. True yams are huuuuuuuge and are found in countries such as Africa or Latin America.
So why do we call some sweet potatoes "yams"? Who knows! But it's good for YOU to know that most yams are usually very moist when cooked up, and most sweet potatoes are more on the dry side (like a russet potato). So keep this in mind when creating your dish.
Another interesting tidbit is that baking these root veggies causes them to rise on the glycemic index. So those who have blood sugar concerns might consider a different cooking method, such as boiling.
Enjoy your baked sweet potatoes/potatoes/yams, skins and all, for a nutritious boost. Or scoop out the flesh. It's all good!
When you're ready to add seasonings? Turn to our Potato Flavor Matches to create your very own original dish.