Taiwan Baked Sweet Potatoes

Winter in Taiwan welcomes the baked sweet potato vendors. Stationed at busy street corners with their portable concrete kilns, these tandoori-like ovens bake up some of cold-weather’s best treats. Just imagine munching on one of these perfectly cooked delicacies as you continue your shopping in the market area. They have almost a creamy consistency and can actually be fairly duplicated in your own oven. You will like them so well, you may even find yourselves eating the skin. 

 

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All you need are red sweet potatoes

 

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Scrub potatoes well. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Prick skin a couple of times. No need to oil skin.

 

Place the potatoes on middle rack with the cookie sheet underneath to catch drippings. Bake for 45 minutes for a 2-3 inch diameter potato; 60 minutes for a 4 inch and a little longer for really large potatoes. Let the sweet potatoes sit in the oven for at least 30 minutes but up to an hour. These should ooze a caramel stickiness. Serve hot.

 

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