Lamb Mince, Sultana & Pistachio Sweet Potato Boats

PREP: 10 MIN | COOK: 90 MIN | SERVES: 4-6

What you’ll need…

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 400 g lamb mince

  • 1 brown onion, finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

  • 1 Tbsp harissa or tomato paste

  • 90 g Sunbeam Sultanas

  • Salt and pepper

To serve

  • 1/2 cup plain natural or Greek yoghurt

  • 60 g Sunbeam Pistachios, toasted and roughly chopped

  • fresh mint, coriander, or parsley, finely sliced

  • rocket salad or steamed green veg


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork, arrange on a rimmed oven tray, and cover pan tightly with foil. Bake 1 hour. Remove foil, brush potatoes with 2 tsp oil, and bake a further 15 – 20 minutes – or until potatoes are very soft when pierced with a sharp knife.

  2. While the sweet potatoes roast, place a heavy-based skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 Tbsp oil, diced onion, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook 5 – 7 minutes, until onions have started to soften.

  3. Add garlic, cumin, paprika, and harissa or tomato paste, to the onion. Stir for 1 minute, then add lamb mince and break up with a spatula.

  4. Cook a further 3 – 5 minutes, until lamb mince is golden and cooked through. Remove from heat and stir through sultanas.

  5. Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and cool slightly. Slice in half lengthwise, and scoop out flesh, leaving a 1 cm border of potato in the skins. Return potato halves to the tray, and add sweet potato flesh to the lamb mince. Roughly mash larger pieces of potato and stir to combine with mince. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  6. Transfer lamb mixture to the hollowed sweet potato halves, and bake a further 10 – 15 mins, until crisp on top and warmed through.

  7. Top stuffed sweet potatoes with a dollop of yoghurt, toasted pistachios and fresh herbs. Serve with a simple rocket salad or steamed green veg.


• Sweet potatoes can be microwaved until tender, then brushed with oil, transferred to a baking tray and roasted in a 200°C oven for a further 5 – 7 minutes to crisp skin. Continue from Step 5 above.