Spicy Turkey Sweet Potatoes


Turkey thigh mince is a brilliant budget choice

Turkey thigh mince is cheap as chips and typically 7% fat, making it a decent alternative to beef, pork or lamb mince. Spicy Turkey Sweet Potatoes from BBC Good Food is a quirky take on a jacket potato with a rich, smoky filling. Topped with a dollop of sour cream and some chives – easy peasy and I love it!

If you’ve got any sweet potatoes leftover, I’d wholeheartedly recommend cajun sweet potatoes, sweet potato saag aloo and penang chicken and sweet potato curry. Alternatively, if you have a tighter budget, try turkey keema peas which is fab.

Recipe: Spicy Turkey Sweet Potatoes

Calories: 464 per portion

Serves: 4

Book: BBC Good Food – Cheap and Healthy

Prep time: Approx 10 minutes

Cooking time: Approx 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 500g pack turkey thigh mince
  • 500g carton passata
  • 3 tbsp barbecue or hoisin sauce
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tbsp sour cream or yoghurt
  • ½ pack chives (finely snipped)

Cost per portion: Approx £1.56                                       

Method:

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Prick the potatoes, place on a baking tray and bake for 45 mins or until really soft.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook gently for 8 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic, then tip in the mince and stir to break up. Cook over a high heat until any liquid has evaporated and the mince is browned, about 10 mins. Pour in the passata, then fill the carton a quarter full of water and tip that in too. Add the barbecue sauce and cayenne, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 15 mins, adding a little extra water if needed. Taste and season.

When the potatoes are soft, split them down the centre and spoon the mince over the top. Add a dollop of soured cream and a sprinkling of chives.

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