Crispy sweet potatoes with chickpeas & tahini yogurt

Crispy sweet potatoes with chickpeas & tahini yogurt

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr as a side

Easy

serves 4 as a side

Barbecued sweet potato jackets with a bean and spinach filling, an ideal vegetarian option or make it vegan using a dairy-free yogurt alternative

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal535
  • fat23g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre13g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potato

    sweet po-tate-toe

    Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 banana shallot, finely chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 75g baby leaf spinach
  • small bunch dill, finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

For the tahini yogurt

  • 60g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
    Tahini

    Tahini

    ta-hee-nee

    Also known as tahina, this finely ground paste of husked and roasted sesame seeds is an…

  • 20g pine nuts, toasted
  • 110g pomegranate seeds

Method

  1. Wrap each potato in foil and put directly on the hot coals of a barbecue for 35-45 mins, depending on the size of the potatoes. Insert a skewer into each one to check that they’re cooked. (Alternatively, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put the foil-wrapped potatoes on a large baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr or until the centre is soft. Once cooked, put under a hot grill for 3 mins until the skin is blackened and crispy.)

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and fry for 2-3 mins or until softened, then stir the chickpeas into the mixture. Gently warm through for 1 min or so, then add the spinach and leave to wilt. Add the dill.

  3. Whisk together the lemon juice, zest and remaining olive oil in a small bowl. Season to taste and stir into the chickpea mixture. Gently mash with a potato masher until the chickpeas are slightly crushed. Mix together the yogurt and tahini in another small bowl, and season to taste with salt.

  4. Split the potatoes open lengthways. Fill with the bean mixture, drizzle over the tahini yogurt and top with the pine nuts and pomegranate seeds.

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Missbetty8
9th Sep, 2016
5.05
Delicious! - was a bit sceptical when tasting the chickpea mix and tahini yogurt -a bit bitter, but they work perfectly together with the sweetness of the potato. Quick dinner too if you whirl the potatoes in the microwave first. YUM
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