Moroccan White Bean Loaded Sweet Potato
4 Sweet Potatoes, Baked
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Yellow Onion, Diced
2 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger, Minced
3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 1/2 Tbsp. Ras el Hanout Spice Blend
1/2 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
3/4 Cup Carrot, Cut into 1/4″ Dice
3/4 Cup Celery, Cut into 1/4″ Dice
1 1/2 Cups White Beans, Pre-Cooked or Canned
1 Cup Orange Juice
1 Cup Golden Raisins
2 Tbsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup Slivered Almonds, Toasted
Fresh Parsley to Garnish
Bake The Potatoes
Preheat oven to 400˚F. Wash sweet potatoes, prick with a knife in a few spots and place on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 45 minutes, until soft, the exact timing will depend on the size of the potato.
Make The Filling
While potatoes are cooking preparing the filling. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until it glistens, add onion and a sprinkle of salt, stir, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the garlic and ginger, stir for 30 seconds, then add the Ras el Hanout and Red Pepper Flakes. Stir the dry spices continuously for 1 minute and then add the Carrots, Celery, Beans and Orange Juice, combine all the ingredients together and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover the pan with well fitting lid, and simmer like this for about 5 minutes.
After five minutes, remove the lid and give it all a good stir, if it looks too dry add another splash of OJ or some water, then add the Raisins, Toasted Almonds (reserving 1/4 Cup for later), Honey and Lemon Juice. Taste, season with salt and pepper and taste again. When you are happy with the flavors remove the mixture from heat.
Stuff The Potato
Slice the hot potato down the center and press the ends in from each side, creating a pouch. Fill the Potato with the Bean mixture and top with Slivered Almonds and Parsley!
All of the components for this can be made in advance, even baking the sweet potatoes. Having the components prepared ahead of time make this is a great option for a quick lunch to be served chilled, or it can all be heated up in the microwave or at a low temperature in the oven.
The beans on their own make a great side dish or even filling for a fun twist on a burrito or a taco!