This baked purple sweet potato recipe is so simple! You can make it just as I do or you can play around with it and top it with whatever it is that you like. It takes just a few minutes to put it together and place it in the oven. Let’s do this! The printable recipe is at the end of the post.
I couldn’t believe how simple it was to bake a purple sweet potato and how tasty this it was! It’s not that I’ve never baked sweet potato before, of course I did, it’s just that purple sweet potato is not as sweet as the regular orange sweet potato that is more common and I didn’t expect it to be special or different.
But it was! Purple sweet potato is denser than the orange one, some will say that it’s dryer. So when you roast purple sweet potato (which is another great way of cooking purple sweet potatoes) it sometimes feels a little dry.
It’s easy to correct with a yummy garlic sauce, but still, I was concerned that if I baked the potato it might get even dryer since more oven time is required (because it’s not cut into small pieces).
I was surprised that the opposite was true!
Baked Purple Sweet Potato Recipe…
I wrapped it in tin foil on purpose. I know that when you bake a potato, you don’t really have to do that. It will bake just fine without the tin foil. But my thought was that if I wrap it I’ll be able to keep the little bit of moisture the purple sweet potato has around the potato and not lose it and make it even dryer.
I think it worked really well! It was soft and juicy and I dare say, sweeter than when I roasted it! I guess something in this way of cooking the potato made it even sweeter than usual.
It still is a very dense potato. It’s heavy and creamy and very filling. That night, it was my dinner. I simply added fresh vegetables next to it like sweet peppers and snap peas and I was set. Nothing else was required, I was so full at the end of that dinner!
Purple Sweet Potato Health Benefits…
These tubers are very healthy! Purple sweet potatoes are low in carbohydrates and fat and are a great source of vitamins like vitamin A and C and fiber.
They are also a great source for calcium and potassium, but maybe the greatest health benefit of purple sweet potato is their richness in antioxidants. This is a common benefit that all the purple vegetables share.
Where to Buy Purple Sweet Potatoes…
In my post, Growing Purple Sweet Potato, I shared with you some information on how I am back to growing my own sweet potatoes. If you are a homesteader, this is a very easy crop to grow! It’s not so easy to find slips to buy, but there are a few places that I mention in that post and you can also sprout your own potatoes.
Even if you are not a gardener, I encourage you to visit that post because I included a lot of general information about purple sweet potatoes like where they came from, nutrition, and more. So if you are interested in learning a little bit more about this specialty potato, that will be a great place to start.
Since I really wanted to share with you some recipes and I hadn’t grown purple sweet potatoes for a few years, I went ahead and purchased a big box from a company called Frieda’s. I bought their organic box so I can sprout the potatoes and use the slips to grow my own potatoes, but in the meantime, I got to cook and taste these amazing sweet potatoes.
So if you are looking for a place to purchase purple sweet potatoes I recommend this company, but if you are here, potatoes in hand and ready to bake, let’s get started.
How to Bake a Purple Sweet Potato…
First, I wash my potatoes well and dry them with a kitchen towel. I don’t peel them.
Next, I take a fork and stab the potato all over, this makes it easier for the potato to bake.
I wrap the potato in tin foil. I’ve read or heard somewhere that you want to place the shiny side in. I’ve never verified that it actually makes a difference in the baking process but I did it anyway, so shiny side in.
Again, I wanted to wrap the potato to keep the moisture in, it seemed to work very well.
I preheat my oven to 425 F, place the wrapped potatoes on a baking sheet and bake them for about an hour.
Seasoning and Serving Baked Purple Sweet Potato…
Once your potato is baked, there are no limits to what you can top it with, I am sure you know that. Some people like sour cream, bacon, melted cheese… Whatever you like goes!
I like to keep it very simple. While my potato was in the oven I got a couple of sage leaves, a couple of young green onions (chives will work great too!), and a couple of stems of rosemary. All fresh from the garden.
I chopped them all really fine…
And waited for my potato to finish baking…
After about an hour, I removed my potatoes from the oven, unwrapped them carefully and checked with a fork if they were soft (if your potato is not soft yet just return it to the oven for a few more minutes.).
An hour was just enough for y potatoes so I cut the two ends off and sliced the potatoes along the center lengthwise.
Then, while it’s still steaming hot, I add a couple of tablespoons of butter (do me a favor and don’t hold back on the butter please!), salt and black pepper to taste and add the herbs. I just sprinkle all of the green onions, rosemary, and sage on top of the potato.
I give the butter a minute to melt and then I dig in! Oh goodness, it is so good.
That dinner, I only added a few fresh vegetables next to it like sweet peppers and sweet peas and that was it. It was a healthy and filling dinner for sure.
I can think up a million things you can top this potato with. From fried onions and mushrooms to bacon, sour cream, herbs… The options are endless and I’m sure every combination you’ll come up with will be amazing and tasty.
And, of course, it doesn’t have to be the main dish! It’s an amazing side to many main dishes.
Other Purple Sweet Potato Recipes…
Aside from baking purple sweet potatoes you can also roast them or take this baked purple sweet potato recipe one step further and mash your potatoes to make mashed purple sweet potatoes. I also make these oven baked sweet potatoes fries, you can make purple sweet potato fries exactly the same way.
But there is so much more! Make sure to check out my Purple Sweet Potato Recipe Roundup for 42 amazing purple sweet potato recipes including amazing dessert recipes that you won’t believe that you can make with this potato! There are so many dishes that I want to try.
As I said at the beginning of this post, purple sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and are very low in carbohydrates and fat and are also full of natural antioxidants. They are easy to grow, last in storage for a long time, and very tasty.
I love them! And I definitely think they are a great vegetable to have around!
Here is the handy printable…
- 2 purple sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 sage leaves, finely chopped
- 2 stems of rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 young green onions, finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 425 F.
- Wash potatoes well and dry them with a kitchen towel.
- Stab potatoes all over a few times with a fork.
- Wrap potatoes in tin foil (I placed the shiny side in).
- Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for about an hour or until they are soft.
- Once the potatoes are done, remove from the oven and remove the foil carefully.
- Cut both ends off and slice the potato in the middle lengthwise.
- Add the butter, herbs, and salt and pepper on top. Give the butter a minute to melt and serve!
Baking time may change according to the size of your sweet potato. If you are baking a smaller potato it's a good idea to check if it's soft after 30 or 40 minutes.
You can top your potato with anything you'll top a regular sweet potato with bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, chives... There are so many different combinations!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g