Do you love sweet potatoes? Learn how to make easy crock pot sweet potatoes. I can show you an effortless way to make baked sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes not only taste great but are also actually good for you. But who has the time? Now you don’t have to stay home babysitting oven-baked sweet potatoes anymore. There is an incredibly easy and foolproof method that will let you prepare perfect sweet potatoes every time with zero hassles: crock pot sweet potatoes!
Prepping Your Potatoes
It doesn’t take much to prepare slow cooker sweet potatoes. No peeling, no tinfoil, nothing but a good scrub with a vegetable brush and quick rinse under the faucet to remove any leftover dirt.
You don’t even have to dry them since the additional water helps the sweet potatoes to stay moist. But don’t forget to use a fork to prick each potato all over. It’s no fun cleaning up after a spud explosion.
After you scrub, rinse, and prick your sweet potatoes, place them directly on the bottom of a crock pot, cover with the lid, set the temperature and timer, and forget it.
How Long Do You Bake Sweet Potatoes?
The amount of time you need to cook sweet potatoes depends on both the size of the spuds and the temperature of your crock pot. It usually takes around 6 to 7 hours to cook medium-sized sweet potatoes on the low setting, and between three and a half to four hours on the high setting.
It is a good idea to start checking the sweet potatoes thirty minutes early to avoid overcooking.
Test the sweet potatoes by carefully removing the largest one from the slow cooker and inserting a fork to the center of the potato. A perfectly cooked potato will have little to no resistance. If the fork doesn’t go in smoothly, cook for thirty minutes more and then recheck. Larger sweet potatoes may need up to an hour of additional cooking time.
Extra Tips for Cooking Sweet Potatoes
- Choose the right sweet potato. Not all sweet potatoes are the same. There are many varieties that fall into two different categories: dry and starchy or moist and sweet. Most people prefer sweet potato varieties that are moist and sweet. Sweet potatoes in this category tend to have orange or red skin, and you can find them under sold as Red Garnet and Jewel in the supermarket.
- Long and low is the superior way. When you need to get dinner on the table, and you don’t have all day to cook your sweet potatoes, then, by all means, opt for the higher heat and the shorter cooking time option. But if you have the time, your sweet potatoes will develop a richer, more complex taste and a pillow-soft interior by cooking them for a longer time at a lower temperature.
Baked Sweet Potato Toppings
What type of toppings go well on a sweet potato? Your possibilities are limitless. You can go sweet or savory. Here are some ideas for you!
- Butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar
- Garlic Chili Sauce, and Parmesan cheese
- Feta cheese, and pomegranate seeds
Purists may prefer eating sweet potatoes with nothing but a generous pat of butter, but you can get much more creative than that. Turn your slow cooker sweet potatoes into mashed or take your corned beef hash to the level!
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Easy Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- Crock pot
- Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.
- Place sweet potatoes into a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
- Test the sweet potatoes by carefully removing the largest one from the slow cooker and inserting a fork to the center of the potato. A perfectly cooked potato will have little to no resistance. If the fork doesn’t go in smoothly, cook for thirty minutes more and then recheck. Larger sweet potatoes may need up to an hour of additional cooking time.