I love how versatile sweet potatoes are, there so many uses for them- even sweet potato brownies! When it comes to having a baked potato, sweet potatoes are much more exciting than regular spuds! My paprika spiced baked beans compliment the sweet potato very well. Serve with a side salad for an enjoyable lunch.
This recipe serves 4, but if it’s just for you, you can keep leftovers in the fridge and have it for lunch the following days. The potato and beans are easy to reheat in the microwave.
When it comes to baking the potatoes I like to start them off in the microwave to speed up the cooking. You can fully bake them in the oven if you like, though.
I like to add carrot and a bit of pepper into my sauce to add a little extra veg and flavour.
You will need a stick blender for this recipe, I use a Kenwood one.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 small red onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 pepper
- 1 small carrot
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 heaped tbsp tomato puree
- 2 tbsp Worchester sauce/vegan Worchester sauce
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 heaped tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp dried basil (use fresh if you have some)
- salt and pepper to season (I use Maldon salt)
- 2 400g tins haricot beans, drained and washed
- 4 sweet potatoes (roughly 200g each)
- Optional side salad
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
- Pierce each potato a few times with a fork
- Place the potatoes onto a microwavable plate, and put in the microwave for 8 minutes on high
- Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, garlic, pepper and carrot and put in the pan with a little oil. Start to fry on a medium heat. Finely chopping the veg cuts down the cooking time, so make sure everything is cut the same size
- When the 8 minutes are up, transfer the potatoes to the oven to crisp up the skins
- Once the veg in the pan has fried for a few minutes add the tinned chopped tomato, tomato puree, and 150ml water
- Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
- Add the salt, sugar, pepper and basil. Be sure not to add too much salt, you can add more, but not take away!
- Remove from the heat for a minute and blitz with a stick blender. Add extra water if it is too thick
- Return to the heat and add the haricot beans
- Bring back up to temperature for a couple of minutes to heat the beans up
- Check the seasoning, and more salt and pepper if required
- By this time the sweet potatoes should be cooked, remove from the oven
- Serve and enjoy!
I hope you have enjoyed this recipe.
Question: What is your favourite baked potato topping?
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