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Spicy bean sweet potato skins

This is a random experiment that turned out not half bad. A good meal that will feed 3 as a meal or 6 as a side dish.


1 tin mixed baked beans
1 tsp cajun spice
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seads
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne peppe
1/4 tsp black peppercorns
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar

3 medium sized sweet potatos
1 spring onion
250ml low fat greek yoghurt
250g grated cheese
Worcester sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Scrub the potatoes to remove any loose dirt.
  2. Place the potatoes on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 40 minutes.
  3. Leave potato skins to one side to rest until cool enough to handle.
  4. Put a frying pan, or non-stick saucepan on a low heat and pour in the mixed beans.
  5. In a pestle and mortar place all the spices and grind to a fine powder. Add the ground spices to the beans and stir until combined.
  6. Meanwhile slice the potatoes in half lengthways and scrape out approximately half the flesh from the skins. Keep to one side for later.
  7. Place the potatoes skin down on a baking tray, share the beans between the 6 halfs and spoon into the cavity. Spoon the removed flesh alongside the beans atop the skins.
  8. Sprinkle with the cheese and a few dashes for Worcester sauce on each skin. Place the tray with the skins under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and started to brown on top.
  9. Whilst the skins are grilling slice the spring onion diagonally. Spoon the yoghurt into a bowl and top with a pinch of paprika.
  10. Serve the skins on a board around the bowl of yoghurt, sprinkle with the spring onion to garnish.