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Savoury sweet potato bake with a peanut crumb

Ideas lurk everywhere. The other day I was at my son's classmate's house after school as the kids wanted to play and I was hanging around in the kitchen with the parents, drinking tea and chatting up. The dad was preparing an early dinner and one of the dishes was a savoury starchy bake using potato


  • 2 sweet potatoes medium sized
  • 1/2 cup green peas fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsps flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried , crushed
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg grated
  • 1 - 2 tsps black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/3 cup peanuts roasted , skins removed
  • salted peanuts you could use ready available roasted too


  • Preheat oven at 180 C.
  • In a large pan, bring 2 litres water to a boil with 1 tsp salt.
  • In a mixer / food processor pulse the peanuts till coarsely crumbed.
  • Meanwhile, scrub the sweet potatoes well with a scrubber and lots of water to remove all the soil. Do not peel. Finely slice them, and add them to the boiling water. Add the peas too.
  • Check in 4 minutes, if they are partially cooked. If yes, drain the water in a colander and keep aside the veggies.
  • In a saucepan, heat butter. Add flour and make a 'roux' until all the flour is absorbed in the butter and turns lightly aromatic. Add the milk with constant whisking. If a few lumps remain, it's okay with this dish. Add the salt, dried rosemary, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Lightly grease a mid-sized baking dish. Place the partly cooked sweet potato slices and peas, gently flattening them down. Sprinkle some pepper over the top.
  • Add the sauce, lightly smoothening it out with a spatula.
  • Top with peanut crumbs.
  • Place in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes or so.
  • Serve warm with a salad or a soup.


Feel free to try with other vegetables, similarly sliced - eg: Potatoes, carrots, turnips etc
If you wish, you could add chilli flakes or chopped chipotle chillies to make this dish spicier. This recipe turns out reasonably seasoned but not spicy at all, suitable for kids of all ages
You could substitute the peanut crumb with a mix of bread crumbs and grated cheddar. I'm sure that tastes better :)
Leftovers can be warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds and had the following day
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