How to bake Sweet Potato in a toaster oven?
Hello, I'm looking at trying to eat healthier during my office lunch break :D. What better way than a baked sweet potato?
The office has a toaster oven and a microwave. From what i've read elsewhere, the toaster oven develops a significantly better flavor, but i've been unable to find any directions.
Looking for very simple directions. Just temperature and time. Not looking for fancy flavorings.
This is what I do at home with a toaster oven.
Wash your sweet potato
Puncture a couple of holes or slits in it with either a knife or fork (prevents explosions)
Preheat your toaster oven to about 350F
Put it in the oven for 20 minutes, then turn it 180 degrees, and bake for another 20 minutes.
Your time in the toaster oven will vary depending on the size and thickness of your spud. It's ready when it is "fork-tender" -- i.e, you can easily stick a fork in the flesh with little resistance.
I suggest precooking at home and reheating at work... unless the people at work don't mind you using the toaster oven for an extended period of time.
I would bake a sweet potato at 400F for about 40 minutes or until tender.
Just wash the sweet potato and you're good to go...
Optional: a very very light coating of oil.
I agree, and think the times/temps ipsedixit gives are insufficient for all but very small sweet potatoes. Also, they can emit a burnt sugar smell when they ooze, and since the element is much closer to the food when using a toaster oven, this is even more likely. Where the skin can be the tastiest part of a regular baked potato, most people don't eat sweet potato skins. They peel off easily but take a lot of chewing and don't taste that good. So if you bake them at home, you can easily reheat in the office microwave, then slit it open and enjoy. Microwaving to reheat them gives you the same taste as just-baked. Actually cooking the sweet potato in the microwave doesn't give you the caramelized flavors that develop in oven-baking.
If I was doing it at work, on my lunch hour, I would first microwave for five minutes to get started. Then rub with some grease (I prefer bacon) or oil, sprinkle some salt on top, and bake in toaster oven at 400 degrees or more for maybe 15 minutes, til a bit crispy. When done, a dab of yogurt on top is nice.
I've gone through some times where I'd take a sweet potato to work every day.
On Saturday or Sunday, I'd cook 5 of them in the microwave, let them cool. (Just as with white potatoes, they are better if you oven roast them in the oven. I'm simply okay with prepping by nuke) Then cut them in half longitudinally and put them pack together. Then wrap them in aluminum foil in a way that they can be easily unwrapped, because that aluminum foil will become the pan liner. At work, do not refrigerate. Roast them flat side up to reheat at 400 until warmed.
I also agree with prepping as much as possible at home or completely cooking it at home and then bring to work to finish or reheat. Can't imagine spending entire lunch hour cooking it in the toaster oven at work; if there's some dripping or burning and you aren't in the vicinity, it might be embarassing (wasn't there an Office episode where Ryan left something in the toaster oven?) or even get you fired.