Stuffed Sweet Potato

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Tahini Sauce-2

Stuffed Sweet Potato

From Stonesoup

I’ve been really getting into sweet potato in the last year because Fergal loves it. One of my favourite ways to ‘dress it up’ for the adults is to roast them whole and stuff ’em. In this case it’s some browned minced (ground) beef or lamb but I also love to use chickpeas for a hearty veggie version.

enough for: 2
takes: 60 minutes

2 medium sweet potatoes
450g (1lb) ground (minced) beef
4 tablespoons tahini
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 bag baby spinach leaves

1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F). Scrub sweet potato and place on a baking tray or other ovenproof dish.

2. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until sweet potato are nice and tender.

3. While the sweet potato are roasting brown beef in a little oil in a large frying pan on a high heat. Season with salt.

4. Then make the sauce by stirring together the tahini, lemon juice and 4 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Season that with salt and possibly a little more lemon if you feel like it.

5. When the sweet potato are cooked, divide between 2 plates and slice lengthwise down the middle (not cutting through completely). Open out the cavity with your fingers or a spoon then divide the meat between the two sweet potatoes. Drizzle over tahini sauce and serve with baby spinach on the side.

Variations

vegetarian / vegan – replace beef with cooked chickpeas or lentils. You might like to add some browned onion for extra flavour.

spiced – add 2 teaspoons baharat (lebanese spice blend), ras el hanout (moroccan spice blend) or 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and coriander.

hot! – add some chopped chilli to the beef while cooking. Or serve with your favourite chilli oil or hot sauce.

no tahini? – tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. You might need to go to a health food store or middle eastern grocery store to find it. Almond butter or cashew butter would work instead. OR make a sauce by seasoning plain natural greek style yoghurt and forgetting the lemon juice.

carb-lovers / more substantial – serve with warm pita bread, flat bread or tortillas. Or toss in some cooked chickpeas or lentils with the meat.

more veg – soften an onion before cooking the meat. Add chopped zucchini, eggplant, mushroom or red capsicum (bell peppers) to the meat to cook through. Serve with tabbouleh or add extra raw veg like snow peas or chopped red capsicum (bell peppers) to the baby spinach.

short on time – roast sweet potato ahead OR replace sweet potato with cooked rice or quinoa.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

sweet potatoes – will keep for months in the pantry in a brown paper bag or sack.

ground (minced) beef – freeze it.

tahini – I keep mine in the pantry but will keep longer in the fridge if open.

lemon – whole lemon will keep wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.

baby spinach – either freeze or wilt down in a pan with a little oil and then keep in the fridge for weeks.

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Susan September 28, 2017

This is one of my favorite recipes and I make it with some regularity. I mix in spices (like garlic powder and cinnamon) with my ground beef; I’ve also made it with lamb, using coriander, cumin and garlic to spice. When I’ve done it with lamb I’ve added pistachios in place of the sauce. When I make the sauce now, I substitute 1 tablespoon of lime juice for one of the lemon juice. However I make it, we always enjoy it.

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jules September 29, 2017

Yum yum yum Susan!
Especially love the pistachio and lamb combo.
Thanks for sharing your ideas 🙂
Jx

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kitty plakas February 26, 2016

yum!!! we love it!!!!

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jules March 3, 2016

awesome kitty!

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