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
Book: BBC Good Food – Cheap and Healthy
Prep time: Approx 10 minutes
Cooking time: Approx 50 minutes
- 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
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.