Sweet Potato Bean Boats

From the Kitchen of: ArtLab

ArtLab 2021

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- 1 small sweet potato per person 

- Cannellini beans (1 can makes enough for 4 potatoes) 

- Passata (500g) 

- 1 Onion

- Garlic powder (2 tsp per can of beans you make) 

- Paprika powder (1-2 tsp per can of beans you make) 

- Olive oil  


  1. If you are using an oven, preheat it (you’ll need it to be at 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/ Gas Mark 6). Give your sweet potatoes a quick wash in some cool water. 
  2. If you are using the oven: Rub a little olive oil on the sweet potatoes, this will help the skin get lovely and crispy. Put the potatoes in the oven on a baking tray, or any oven proof dish. They should take about 30 minutes to cook but might take a little bit longer. 
  3. If you are using the microwave: Poke the potato with a fork, this is to let the steam escape and will make the potato nice and soft. You’ll need to make sure the potato is dry too. Then pop it into the microwave on a microwave safe plate. If you are cooking 1 potato it should take about 6-8 minutes, 2 potatoes at a time will take around 10-12 minutes and 4 potatoes at a time will take around 15-17 minutes. They will be very hot.
  4. While your sweet potato is cooking, you can cook your homemade baked beans. Chop an onion and heat some oil in a pan. Fry the onion on a low heat. Once they get soft and golden you can add garlic powder and paprika. Stir, then add the passata. Let it cook on a low heat for 10 minutes then add the cannellini beans and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5.  Once the potatoes are cooked, let them rest until they are cool enough for you to handle. You’ll want your potatoes to look like boats, so cut the sweet potato in half lengthways. Now scoop out a little of the cooked sweet potato inside each half using a teaspoon to make space for your homemade baked beans. You can top the beans on your boat with a little cheese if you want but it will be delicious on its own too. Now it is time to eat. Hurray!

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