Finding sweet potato at a reasonable price has made them a regular feature in my eating. This Egg and Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato is just one example of ideas that I have created which involve using them.
This does take a little preparation but the end result as it appears on the dinner plate is definitely worth the effort.
I made this as seen using cheese sauce and brussels. There are many possible variations for you to experiment with. I could, for example have chosen a curry sauce rather than the cheese. Would it be so good? Maybe I will try it sometime to see what I think.
Take what I write as ideas rather than the finished thing. Modify to suit your own tastes. Your solution might well be a lot better than mine.
I actually took pictures of this at several stages in its creation. It gives you a better idea of what is inside the finished food than just showing the final result.
So here we go with them all.
It seems complicated when reading but it is actually quite a simple dish to make.
Step 1 : The Humble Sweet Potato
This is the starting point for this meal. I know it looks a little lacking on the plate on its own but it will taste really great once cooked.
Cook the sweet potato for 5-10 minutes in the microwave. It should be soft enough so that a skewer will easily push in to the centre. The exact time needed will depend on your microwave so do check that the potato has thoroughly cooked.
Step 2: Scoop the Potato
I forgot to take a picture of this one but the concept is easy.
Slice off the top of the the sweet potato then use a teaspoon to scoop the flesh from it. Put the flesh into a small bowl and mash with a little butter plus salt and pepper if you choose.
Set the potato onto a baking dish ready for the next steps.
Step 3: Add the Onion
Next step is to chop about half a small onion then put the pieces into the sweet potato boat.
Step 4: Add the Beans
Spoon in 1-2 tablespoons of baked beans. The UK version are the best. For the US, it is best to use the ones that are sold as Vegetarian Baked Beans as the regular kind normally include pork. Those kind can, of course, be used although the final flavour will be different.
Step 5: Add the Egg
Carefully crack open a large egg and add in to the potato shell on top of the beans.
Step 6: Top with the mashed sweet potato
Spoon the already mashed sweet potato onto the top of the shell and smooth over. Be sure to do this on a surface that is easy to clean as the egg yolk is liable to break and run out of the centre.
Step 7: Add on the sweet potato slice
The finishing touch is to top the sweet potato shell with the slice that was taken off earlier. Just retrieve it and set it on top of the potato.
You can see the potential problem that I mentioned in the previous step in the picture. The egg yolk has broken an run on to the plate that I was using to prepare this.
Step 8: Ready for the Oven
Put into a hot oven and bake for about 20 minutes. You can also cook the brussels in the oven at the same time which saves on using a pan for them.
Step 9: Prepare the Cheese Sauce
Make up some cheese sauce using your preferred method. I used the shortcut way of using a store bought mix for this dish.
Once made then pour some onto a plate then arrange the brussels around the edge of it. Save a few tablespoons of cheese sauce for the final serving though.
Step 10: Add the stuffed Sweet Potato
Put the stuffed sweet potato into the centre of the plate. The outer skin should have crisped a little from being in the oven and the inside will be cooked through. Pour the remaining cheese sauce over the stuffed sweet potato then serve and enjoy.