Slicing Sweet Potatoes and Baking as Patties

by Maya Black ; Updated October 01, 2015

A partially peeled sweet potato next to a knife.

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High amounts of vitamin A, potassium, dietary fiber and iron are a few of the reasons to add sweet potatoes to your diet. In spite of their sweetness, the dense spuds can be sliced, baked and topped with a range of flavor-boosting ingredients. Note that although some cooks call baked sweet potato rounds "patties," traditional sweet potato patty recipes call for mashed spuds and are fried rather than baked.

Cleaning and Prep

Select firm sweet potatoes with a uniform shape and size, and scrub them under running water to remove any loose dirt. You don't need to peel sweet potatoes since the skin loosens as the rounds bake. With a sharp knife, hold the sweet potato on a cutting board firmly with one hand and cut 1/4-inch thick slices. Discard the tips or save them to use in another dish.

Seasoning Tips

Brush the sweet potato rounds on both sides with cooking oil -- some cooks like olive oil for sweet potato rounds, but any cooking oil works well -- and arrange them on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Season the rounds with salt and pepper to taste. Get creative and blend your favorite spices to sprinkle on the rounds. Common sweet potato flavorings include cinnamon, ginger, butter, sugar, chopped nuts and maple syrup. You can also sprinkle the rounds with paprika, cayenne pepper or spread on a thin layer of store-bought chili paste before baking.

Baking Sweet Potato Rounds

Place the baking sheet in an oven preheated to around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the sweet potato rounds for around 20 minutes or until soft and golden brown. You may wish to turn on your oven light to monitor the baking process around 15 minutes into baking. Sweet potatoes' high sugar content means that they will burn if left in the oven too long.

Serving Ideas

The sweet and savory nature of baked sweet potato rounds means they work for any course of a meal. The Kitchn recommends topping baked sweet potato rounds with pesto and serving them as appetizers or snacks. You also can slide them off the baking sheet and onto a dish as-is alongside an entree. If you prepare sweet potato rounds with sugar or syrup, arrange two or three on a dessert plate and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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About the Author

Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.