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Homemade Baked Beans With Baked Sweet Potato

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 homemade paprika spiced baked beans compliment the sweet potato very well. Serve with a side salad for an enjoyable lunch.

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. You will need a stick blender for this recipe, I use a Kenwood one.

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Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ a red pepper, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced
  • 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 (or use fresh basil if you have some)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2x 400g tins haricot beans, drained and washed
  • 4 sweet potatoes (roughly 200g each)
  • Optional, side salad

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Method

This recipe serves four, but you can keep leftovers in the fridge and reheat for lunch the next day.

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. 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
  3. When the 8 minutes are up, transfer the potatoes to the oven to crisp up their skins
  4. Put the onion and garlic into a medium-sized saucepan with a little bit of oil, and fry on a medium heat for two minutes. Add the carrot and pepper, and fry for a further two minutes
  5. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, Worchester sauce, vinegar and 150ml of boiling water to the pan
  6. Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  7. Add the salt, sugar, ground pepper and basil. Be sure not to add too much salt, you can add more, but not take away!
  8. Remove from the heat for a minute, and blitz with a stick blender. Add extra water if it is too thick
  9. Return to the heat, and add the haricot beans. Bring back up to temperature for a couple of minutes to heat the beans up
  10. Check the seasoning, and more salt and pepper if required
  11. By this time the sweet potatoes should be cooked, remove from the oven
  12. Serve and enjoy!

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