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Herbed Baked Sweet Potatoes

Herbed Baked Sweet Potatoes
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  • medium sweet potatoes
  • 16 small bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Peel the potatoes to within 1 inch of ends. Place a potato on the counter and put the handle of a wooden spoon along the far side of it. (The spoon handle will stop the knife from slicing all the way through the potato.) Cut the potato crosswise every 1/4 inch, leaving about a 1/2-inch uncut base. Repeat with the remaining potatoes.
  2. Insert 4 bay leaves randomly between the cuts. Place the potatoes in a baking dish and drizzle with half the butter. Cover and bake about 45 minutes.
  3. Uncover. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and the remaining butter and bake, uncovered, 10 minutes more or until the crumbs are golden and the potatoes are tender.
By November, 2001

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 216
  • Calcium 53mg
  • Carbohydrate 26g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Fat 12g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Iron 1mg
  • Protein 3mg
  • Sat Fat 7g
  • Sodium 358mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

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