Can you really toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? I find out!
Have you seen the newest Internet rage? It’s sweet potato toast and it’s taking over Instagram.
I love the idea of sweet potato toast. I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into our day, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I started by slicing a sweet potato as thin as I could using a mandolin. Then I popped two slices into the toaster and used the highest setting per the advice of the world wide web.
This is how my toasted sweet potato turned out:
I had to stop the toast when I smelled burning.
I figured the sweet potato was sliced too thin. That’s when I decided I would hand cut the sweet potato a bit thicker and try again.
Again, I set the toaster to high to toast my sweet potato slices. I’ll remind you, this is what the recipe on the Internet says to do.
As you can see, the ends, where the sweet potato was thin, were totally burnt. I cut that part away and gave the remaining middle part to my two trusty sweet potato toast testers.
We all agreed the center was under done.
Burnt edges. Under done center. Gross.
I then decided I would toast it on the highest setting once, then lower the toast setting by half, and toast it a second time, knowing I would have burnt edges that I would need to cut away.
That plan did not work.
I tried 3 more times to actually toast a sweet potato before I gave up. There was no combination of heat and slicing that actually produced anything resembling toast.
That’s when I though I’d give the microwave a try.
Big mistake. BIG.
I was not about to give up. There had to be a way. It’s all over the Internet!
I gave it one more try. This time I opted to use the broiler. I lined up a few slices on the broiler pan and broiled them on high for a little over 3 minutes.
Finally! It worked! I made sweet potato “toast” in the oven on broil – not in my toaster!
The broiler worked to thoroughly cook the sweet potato with minimal amount of burning. Plus, I could slice the sweet potato a bit on the thick side so it could easily take toppings.
We smeared our sweet potato toast with almond butter then topped with a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Have you tried to toast sweet potatoes in a toaster? What were your results?