Making Tahini Sweet Potato Jackets
I’m going to go ahead and give myself a pat on the head for this recipe. Jacket potatoes usually involve baked beans and, on occasions, a deluge of melted cheese. But we’re going to take the vegan route this time and I thought of swapping cheese with tahini. If you’re unfamiliar with tahini, it’s a paste made from roasted sesame seeds and oil and has a distinct, slightly bitter and nutty taste - really good with falafels and cauliflowers. With the sweet potatoes, they were unbelievable. I added a squeeze of lime and a touch of salt to my tahini mixture just to get that similar salty-tang you get from cheese.
TAHINI SWEET POTATO JACKETS:
[ 2 medium sized sweet potatoes + a bunch of spring onions, finely chopped + 1/2 teaspoon olive oil + 1-2 garlic cloves, minced + 2-3 tablespoons tahini + salt & pepper to taste ]
Scrub the potatoes and bake in a tray, covered with a sheet of foil at 200°C for 30-40 minutes.
*** If you can’t find tahini, follow these steps to make some yourself :
[ 1/2 cup sesame seeds + 4 tablespoons oil (olive, vegetable or sesame) + 1 tablespoon water ]
Put a frying pan on low heat and roast the seeds, frequently stirring with a spatula. Do not allow to brown. Cool for 20 minutes.
Pour sesame seeds into food processor and add oil. Blend for 2 minutes and add in the water.
Check for consistency - the goal is a thick, yet pourable texture. Add more oil and blend until desired consistency.
*** Back to the potatoes:
Halve and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir gently together, seasoning to taste.
Spoon back into the potato halves and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, until golden.
Serve with a sprinkle of spring onions on top.
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