Growing up, my family had lots of potatoes: potato chips, fries, cheesy potatoes, baked potatoes, you name it! I guess we were that American family that always had a steak and potato Sunday dinner?
I didn't really get to try or appreciate sweet potatoes until I lived in New Zealand for 18 months as a missionary for my church. The vegetable they have there is kumara, which is very similar to our sweet potato, but not quite. I grew to love it during my time there so when I came home, I kept sweet potatoes in my diet.
One of my favorite ways to eat sweet potatoes is roasting them (my other favorite is in this sweet potato casserole!) and so I decided to find easy, healthy, and delicious ways to enjoy my roasted sweet potatoes. You're going to love these 3 different ways to stuff your roasted sweet potatoes !
The most important thing to remember is that the size of the potato will determine the length of time you roast your sweet potato. Technically you can change the temperature too, but to keep things simple, we'll compare roasting times at 425°F.
Here's a simple guide for perfectly roasting sweet potatoes every time:
I've included a *simple* guide for roasting times based on size below. Please note that the temperature is 425°F in every situation:
My mom taught me the best hack to crispy, seasoned potato skins: roast them right on the oven rack! No foil, no baking sheet, no parchment paper!
For some this might seem a little unsanitary (which is why I didn't suggest this method in the official recipe instructions) but you're always cooking your food on a pan or in a dish, right? So really, the only food to ever touch the oven rack is potatoes.
Anyway, this is my favorite way to roast potatoes in the oven and it really makes the skins mouthwateringly delicious!
If you have an air fryer or need to use the oven for another dish, the air fryer is a great option for roasting sweet potatoes!
I haven't personally tested roasting whole potatoes in the air fryer, but in my experience with lots of other foods, the bake time and temperature are usually a little less than the oven instructions.
The air fryer I use has a maximum temperature of 400°F, so I usually have to adapt. For example, if I was cooking a medium sweet potato in the air fryer at 425°F, I might start with 35 minutes and check the inside. You can always add more time, but once it's overdone, it's overdone!
Let's say your air fryer has a maximum temperature of 400°F just like mine. If you were roasting a medium sweet potato, I would keep the same bake time (45 minutes) and check if it needs more time.
Since all sweet potatoes are different sizes and shapes, it's more of a guessing game, but it shouldn't be a stressful one! Just make sure to spray the basket as well as the potato, and pierce and season the sweet potato(es) just like you would if you were roasting in the oven.
These Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs would be a delicious protein to add to the jalapeno cheddar sweet potatoes, but I also love grilling a thick cut steak or marinated chicken to keep the stuffed sweet potatoes the star of the meal.
If you want to get really creative, you could even make this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole and stuff it inside your Jalapeno Cheddar sweet potato!
The maple pecan variation is particularly great as a Thanksgiving side dish for your roasted turkey and homemade dinner rolls. You could even make this streusel to go on top!
I think the feta bacon stuffed sweet potato would pair beautifully with these homemade baked beans or topped with these roasted brussels sprouts (just omit the cinnamon and maple).
This roasted broccoli salad actually shares many of the same ingredients and would add some greens to your plate as well.
Now that you know how to perfectly roast sweet potatoes, it's time to stuff them! Check out these delicious healthy stuffed sweet potatoes recipes below and let me know which one is your favorite!
Be sure to leave a star rating and review below so other readers know which ones you liked too! I can't wait to see your stuffed sweet potatoes creations.
This is the best and easiest way to roast sweet potatoes plus three variations of healthy stuffed sweet potatoes! These simple flavor combinations of maple pecan, jalapeno cheddar, and feta bacon. Options for vegetarian, vegan, and paleo included.
Nutrition facts are a calculated estimate of one half of a stuffed sweet potato.
Serving: 1/2 potato / Calories: 216 / Fat: 5.7g / Saturated Fat: 1.8g / Carbohydrates: 33g / Fiber: 5.5g / Sugar: 6.3g / Protein: 10.4g
Serving: 1/2 potato / Calories: 255 / Fat: 12.7g / Saturated Fat: 1.8g / Carbohydrates: 34g / Fiber: 6g / Sugar: 6.8g / Protein: 3.9g
Serving: 1/2 potato / Calories: 175 / Fat: 5.7g / Saturated Fat: 1.5g / Carbohydrates: 32g / Fiber: 4.5g / Sugar: 6.3g / Protein: 6g
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