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These Cinnamon-Drenched Baked Sweet Potatoes Are Easy, Delicious and Good For You

These baked sweet potatoes are my go-to comfort food when I want something that tastes decadent, don't have a lot of time or energy to cook and want something healthy and nutritious.


Let's start off with why these potatoes are good for you. Sweet potatoes are loaded with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-regulating nutrients. Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamin A.  Just 3 1/2 ounces of sweet potato provides between 35% and 90% of daily Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, mucous membranes, eye health and boosts the immune system.   Tip: Add a little fat, such as olive oil or butter, to your sweet potatoes to increase the uptake of beta carotene.

Add a Whole Lot of Ground Cinnamon

I call these baked sweet potatoes "dirty" because I literally douse them in ground cinnamon, which also has strong anti inflammatory properties. My rule of thumb is that when you think you've added enough cinnamon, add a little more.

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What is Hasselback?

Dirty Hasselback Baked Sweet Potatoes | Something New For Dinner Hasselback is a cutting technique where by you slice the potato in thin slices but leave the bottom of the potato intact so that the top of the potato fans out in a series of slices. A good sharp knife will make this job easy. Some people place chopsticks on either side of the potato to prevent cutting all the way through. I don't find this necessary if you have a sharp knife that gives you good control.   Interestingly, this technique has become quite popular in recent years, but dates back to the 1940's and a potato dish served at the Hasselback hotel in Sweden. You can hasselback many vegetables and fruits including: potatoes, turnips, carrots, beets, zucchini, apples and pears. The beauty of hasselbacking is that the thin sliced vegetable or fruit becomes crispy on the outside, while staying tender on the inside. Plus, the spaces between the slices become little pockets you can load with whatever goodness strikes your fancy. In the case of my Dirty Hasselback Baked Potatoes, the pockets hold a little bit of butter and a whole lot of cinnamon.


I forgo measurements for this recipe as you really don't need them and amounts will depend on the number and size of the sweet potatoes you are cooking and your personal preference for butter and cinnamon.

What to Do With the Leftovers?

I always make more of these potatoes than I plan to eat as they make fabulous leftovers. I eat them cold for breakfast or a midday snack.  I slice them into a bowl of oatmeal and topped with yogurt and sometimes spinach for a savory oatmeal. These sweet potatoes are great added to a salad. I promise any leftovers will not go to waste!

The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams

Most of the yams sold in the U.S. are actually sweet potatoes, even when they are labeled yams. Many people think that sweet potatoes have brown skin and are golden inside and yams have red skin and are orange inside. Nope, both are sweet potatoes. The brown-skinned sweet potatoes are firmer and the red-skinned sweet potatoes are softer. Yams are native to Asia and Africa and unless you are shopping at an ethnic market, you probably are buying different kinds of sweet potatoes and not yams.

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These baked sweet potatoes are my go-to comfort food, when I want something that tastes decadent, don’t have a lot of time or energy to cook and want something healthy and nutritious.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: varies
  • Category: Breakfast, Lunch, Diiner
  • Cuisine: New American


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice a thin strip off one side of your sweet potato so that you have a flat surface on the bottom of the potato. Place the flat side on your cutting board. Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the potato, stopping near the bottom before you cut all the way through.
  2. Rub the sweet potato with olive oil, making sure you get the oil between the slices. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Bake until tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 – 45 minutes, but possibly longer depending on the potato.
  3.  Remove the potato from the oven and put a little butter between the slices. Shake a whole lot of cinnamon over the buttered sweet potato. Think in tablespoons and not teaspoons. 
  4. Garnish with a little chopped parsley if you like.


An option for these sweet potatoes is to drizzle a little honey over them after you have added the butter and cinnamon. 


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