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Sweet potatoes - split with Moroccan spiced rice and quinoa

4-5 persons

  • 1kg packet sweet potato, unpeeled
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Moroccan spiced rice and quinoa

  • 1 cup of SunRice rice and quinoa (cooked)
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 1 tbs Moroccan spice blend
  • ¼ cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup natural almonds, toasted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup continental parsley leaves, chopped
  1. Preheat oven 200°C fan forced. Scrub the sweet potatoes under water with a clean brush. Pat dry. Pierce them all over, at least 8 times with a fork. Rub the skins all over with oil and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Put onto an oven tray and roast 40-55 minutes or until they are tender all the way through to the centre.
  3. Meanwhile for the spiced rice and quinoa, cook the rice and quinoa following packet directions. Combine oil, lemon rind, juice and spice blend in a large bowl, season then whisk until well combined. Add the warm rice and quinoa and raisins, stir to combine. Just before serving stir in the almonds, olives and parsley.
  4. Split the sweet potatoes down the centre with a sharp knife and ease open. Spoon in spiced rice and quinoa salad. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to serve.

Tips

    In a hurry? Replace steps 1 & 2 with one of our quick cook methods

    Un-pitted olives have much better flavour. To pit, place olives one at a time onto a board, set the flat side of a cooks knife on top, and press down on the knife with the palm of your hand. The force splits open the olive and frees the pit. Wipe the knife blade often as it gets oily and slippery.

    To get maximum juice from your lemons heat whole lemon in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, removing it once the skin is warm to the touch. The lemon should not be hot to hold, though. The active water molecules make the flesh softer and weaker, which makes the lemon easier to squeeze and the membranes holding the juice easier to burst.

In a hurry?

Here are two options to reduce the cooking times when cooking Sweet Potatoes - Split

Microwave & Oven method

  1. Preheat oven 230°C fan forced.
  2. Pierce the scrubbed sweet potatoes all over, at least 8 times with a fork. Rub the skins with olive oil and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Put sweet potato evenly spaced around outer edge of the turntable (any small thin potatoes put into the centre). Microwave on High/100% for 12 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes over after 6 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a roasting pan, roast for 15 minutes until skin is crisp and centre tender.

Microwave Only method

  1. Pierce the scrubbed sweet potatoes all over, at least 8 times with a fork. Rub the skins with olive oil and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Put sweet potato evenly spaced around outer edge of the turntable (any small thin potatoes put into the centre). Microwave on High/100% for 18-20 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes over every 5 minutes until tender when tested with a skewer (skin should not be wrinkled).
  3. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and stand 5 minutes.