Are you in a hurry?
Have no time to grab a bite? Or run by the nearest food nest?
Here is how you can make something worth savoring within no time.
Yes, you have guessed it right! It is SWEET POTATO.
What else can you rely on to quickly satisfy your tummy’s demons?
Rather than baking a sweet potato, you can prepare it in the microwave. Microwave sweet potato is more convenient for you as it is quick and easy to prepare and results in the same taste and flavor you get from baking it in the oven.
Now let’s take a look at how you can prepare your hunger killing sweet potatoes in the microwave.
Wash your potatoes
The first step to enjoy a healthy meal is to wash your potato thoroughly.
Place it under running cool water. And use a scrub brush to scrub off the dirt. Then dry the potato with the paper towel. This step is very important if you cook your potato with its peel on. Once it is done, jump onto the next step.
Use a fork to pierce the skin:
Pick a fork and run around the whole potato to have six to eight slits on it. This piercing is extremely important as in microwave when sweet potato heats up, steam gathers in between the fleshy inside and the skin.
However, with slits, the steam will escape from the potato and it won’t explode in the microwave. So, make a note to create holes in the skin of the potato. But do not cut too deep, make sure these holes are small. You can also create a small x on the top of your potato with a knife.
Again, for safety purposes, it is extremely important to follow through this step.
Gear up to wrap your sweet potato for cooking:
For the wrapping, you need to grab a large paper towel. Wet it with cool water and squeeze it to expel excess water. Make sure not to squeeze too hard otherwise the paper towel might tear off.
Next, place the paper towel on the microwave plate and put your sweet potato in the center of the paper towel. Wrap the paper towel around the potato so that it is fully covered.
Wrapping sweet potato with dampening paper towel is significant as it has following benefits:
- It will give steaming effect to the potato when you microwaving it
- Also, it keeps the potato moist enough that it stops shrinking
- It keeps the skin soft
So, to enjoy fully the soft texture of sweet potato wrap it with a damp paper towel.
An important tip: never ever pack the sweet potato in an aluminum foil for microwave cooking. Because it will cause a spark and your microwave will break down.
Select the cooking time and put the plate in the microwave
You must be wondering why you need to select a cooking time?
It is because each potato has different size and so needs different cooking time. Also, the power of microwave is deciding feature in determining the time required for cooking.
Initially, cook a potato for five minutes, then take it out and turn it over so that other side of the potato is fully cooked too. After turning it around further cook it for three to four minutes. You can prolong or shorten the cooking time depending on how much has already been cooked. But even after seven to eight minutes, it is not cooked prolong the cooking time by one minute. And after every minute check to see whether it is cooked or not.
Generally, a medium to large size potato takes around 8-12 minutes to cook provided the microwave runs at full power.
However, the time may vary so just adopt the one minute mark rule and you will be fine. So, this was for cooking one sweet potato in the microwave.
More than one potato…
But what about cooking multiple potatoes at a time?
How much time should you cook then? Well, the answer is simple, you need to increase cooking time by two-thirds.
Let’s make it easy to understand. If one large potato requires 10 minutes to be fully cooked then two will get ready in about fifteen to sixteen minutes. Easy! Right?
If you like the skin of your sweet potatoes nice and crispy then you need to cook it a bit differently.
For the first 5 minutes cook the potatoes wrapped in a damp paper towel. After that, peel off the wrapping of the sweet potato and put it on a baking sheet. Put it in an oven that is preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it bake for around 20 minutes.
After that pull it out and get nice crispy skinned potatoes. But if you are in hurry you might be able to enjoy the crispy skin. Otherwise, you will get the oven crisped potato in half cooking time.
Anyways, if you don’t want the crispy skin of potatoes you can skip the oven baked part and move onto the next step.
Check the potato to see whether it is cooked
Do not forget to grab a cloth or gloves before removing the plate from microwave. Because the plate will be extremely hot. So, be careful you don’t want to burn your hand.
To check whether the potato is cooked you need to have a fork. Insert the fork in the center. If it easily slides in then the potato is fully cooked. If not then put it in the microwave for a minute and prolong the cooking time until it is cooked.
Serve the sweet potato
Once you take out the potato let it cool down for around five minutes. It is necessary as it allows the potato to cook using the heat trapped in the wrapping paper towel.
Moreover, this will also make the potato fluffy from inside without making it dry from the outside. Then remove the wrapping completely and throw the damp wet paper towel away.
If you want to save some potato for your roommate who is running late, you need to wrap it in an aluminum foil paper as soon as you take it out of the microwave. Because wrapping it immediately will preserve some of the heat and keep it warm for a long time.
Finally cut the sweet potato in half and serve it. To make it yummier you can use a topping.
Making Sweet Potato Yummier with a topping
To make sweet potato more savory, you can add melted butter, little bit salt & pepper, diced chives and a scoop of sour cream.
If you want some meat too, you can add bacon or pieces of sausages. To make sweet potato even sweeter, you can add little bit brown sugar, butter, and salt. This will make an excellent dessert.
To sweeten things up, you can add maple syrup on top and can even try to dash whipped cream.
Following is a list of toppings that can be used to make sweet potato a little adventurous:
- Fried egg
- Yellow mustard
- Diced onions or cilantro
- Sliced avocado
- you can more sweet potato yummier to eat by adding your favorite sauce like ketchup, chili garlic, mayo, mustard or BBQ sauce
Moreover, you can serve sweet potato with a side. You can take quick dinner salad or a bowl of yogurt.
You can even take it with grilled chicken or steak. So, this is how you can spice sweet potato up and enjoy a quick easy to make a meal.
Some important tips that you need to take note of…
If you do not have a paper towel, you can place the sweet potato in a bowl of water, cover it with a plate and place it in the microwave. The potato will cook just as with paper towel wrapped around.
You might be wondering that paper towel might catch fire while in the microwave. But that is not the case. The steam coming from the potato will keep the paper towel damp enough to avoid catching fire in the microwave.
So, if you are in a hurry and want to eat something that tastes great and cooks fast, you should definitely try sweet potato cooked in the microwave.
Here’s a quick recap of preparing sweet potato:
- Wash the potato
- Pierce it with a knife
- Wrap it in a damp paper towel
- Put it on microwave plate and set it in the microwave for around 5-8 minutes
- After 8 minutes cooking time use one-minute mark rule to further cook
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