The other day, I simply had no idea what to cook for dinner. Pasta came to mind, or perhaps rice? Served with some kind of sweet potato dish?
Before I knew it, sweet potatoes, kidney beans and sweetcorn had leapt out at me, declaring that what I would be making for dinner, would be Mexican-themed.
(To skip straight to the recipe, just click here!)
Before I knew it, everything started coming together. With a little inspiration, these things made themselves (with a little help from me of course – Inspiration struggles to turn on ovens and microwaves).
The sweet potatoes were cooked until soft (along with a normal potato) and then mashed with kidney beans, sweetcorn, almonds, and a myriad of Mexican-themed spices, before being rolled into shape and baked until crispy..
Oh my, were these good.
So good, in fact, that I ended up making them 3 times in 4 days…
Not that I’m obsessed, or anything…
These are so quick and easy. I highly doubt that they are authentically Mexican in any way, shape or form, as these just evolved on a random whim one day…
But when something tastes so good, who really cares?
I’ve served these with Mexican-flavoured green rice (recipe to come!) and cous cous (made with the rice-recipe), which was wonderful! The crunchy, savouriness of the sweet potato bites contrast brilliantly with the soft rice and cous cous.
I also made them again on the weekend to serve alongside Tacos which I’d made for everyone as a family meal, and they went down very well! You could easily serve these with anything. Even just as they are, maybe with ketchup or salsa. 😀
I imagine they would also be just as nice shaped into burgers.. so I will have to try that myself one day!
If you try it before I do, be sure to let me know how it works! 😀
Just a quick post for tonight, as I’m rather tired from over a weeks worth of unpacking, and my lovely partner has infected the entire household with a cold! So I think that’s all I can manage for one day! Now to go snuggle up on the sofa with a hot drink and plenty of tissues… Good night!
Sweet Potato Bites
By October 1, 2013Published:
- Yield: Approx 16 mini sausages
- Prep: 14 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Ready In: 54 mins
The other day, I simply had no idea what to cook for dinner. Pasta came to mind, or perhaps rice? Served with some kind of sweet …
- 1 Large Potato
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- 1/2 Can Kidnes Beans
- 2 Spring Onions
- 1/2 Cup Sweetcorn
- 1/2 Cup Almonds Roughly Chopped
- 1 Tsp Coriander Leaf
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Tsp Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Chilli
- 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic Finely minces
- 3 Tbs Flour To roll the sausages in
- 2 Tbs Dried Soya Mince To roll the sausages in
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil To grease the baking sheet
- First, take your potatoes! The easiest way to prepare these is to prick them all over with a knife or fork, and microwave them (all 3) on a plate, for about 10 minutes, or until soft. You could also boil/steam them if you'd rather, but this works great for me!
- Whilst your potatoes are cooking, add your kidneys to a bowl. Mash roughly with a fork. They don't have to be completely smooshed, a bit of texture can be good!
- Once your potatoes have cooked, let them cool a little until they're cool enough to handle. Once cooled a little, roughly chop them and add them to the bowl with the kidney beans.
- Mix in your spring onions, sweetcorn, and roughly chopped almonds, and give it a good mix.
- Now, add in your spices and garlic! I loved the combination I used, but as I was cooking for lots of people, I didn't make them too spicy. If, like me, you like more of a kick, feel free to add more pepper and chilli! Taste the mixture now to see how it tastes (the flavours will mellow as they cook, so it should taste a bit strong) then add in your flour (always taste before adding the flour - raw flour tastes awful!)
- Mix it together until it forms a sort of dough. If it feels a little wet, add in a little extra flour (Not too much flour though! It should be a soft mixture). This also works well with gram flour if you want to make it gluten-free!
- Scoop out a few tablespoons of the mixture, and shape into whatever shape you like! I made mine into small sausages, but these would work well as balls, large sausages or even burgers! Mix together 3 Tbs of flour and 3 Tbs of dried soya mince, and roll your mixture into it, making sure you coat it on all sides. (If you don't have mince, just flour would work. Or gram flour!) You can season your flour too with some pepper if you like, for a little extra zing!
- Grease your baking tray with your olive oil, and place your sweet potato bites onto it.
- Bake at 220c for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, turning once during cooking, until they are browned and crispy.
- Serve with rice, salad, tacos.. or by themselves! Enjoy!