Sweet potatoes are very tasty, and can actually be a very good part of a healthy diet. They can also take a while to cook in the oven. I always prepare my sweet potatoes in the microwave. They come out soft, and just as tasty as an oven baked sweet potato. The process of using the microwave to bake your sweet potato only takes minutes, and is very easy to do.
The first thing you should do is wash your sweet potato thoroughly. You should not have any dirt or particles left on the sweet potato
Now you should use a fork to poke holes in each side of the sweet potato. There should be about 9-12 fork holes on the potato total.
Wrap the sweet potato with a damp paper towel. The paper towel will keep the sweet potato moist. You do not want the paper towel overly wet, but you do not want it to dry either.
Place the sweet potato in the microwave, and cook for 8-10 minutes. When it is finished cooking it will be soft, without any hard spots. You should put no more that 3-4 large sweet potatoes in the microwave at a time.
Now it should be ready to serve. Take the sweet potato out of the microwave; be careful it will be hot, and serve. I like serving the potato open with butter and brown sugar, but you can top with your favorite toppings. You can also remove the skin and mash if you prefer.