Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Turkey, Avocado and a Coriander Lime Dressing
Zesty and colourful baked sweet potatoes topped with smoked turkey, avocado and a coriander/cilantro lime dressing. Inspired by Latin flavours, this is a tasty meal at any time of the year.
I received the turkey, along with a contribution towards the ingredients for this recipe, from Farmer's Choice. I love their meats, fish and deli foods - do go have a look at their website.
I am SO obsessed at the moment with Latin American food. Since 2004 I've had the Argentine influence, since I met my husband, but now I'm getting into all sorts of other flavours - Cuban, Peruvian, Brazilian, Venezuelan...
I can't stop. I buy massive bunches of coriander (cilantro), avocados fill up a shelf in my fridge and I keep a bowl of limes on the kitchen worktop. Pineapple, coconut... Basically, I find a way to get at least some of these ingredients into pretty much everything I cook.
So when Farmer's Choice, an online butcher and specialist in free range meats, deli items and fish, sent me some smoked turkey all I could see in the future was lime. And avocado.
The turkey was supplied frozen, and already cooked, so all I had to do was hulk it into the fridge to defrost overnight (there were two quite big drumsticks in the pack) and then shred the meat from the bone and make these.
Smoked turkey is very much like ham, except it's less salty and more mild in flavour. It would be great for people who want a smoky meat but don't eat pork - I could imagine too, eating it with a runny-yolked egg and chips, replacing the traditional ham.
So many gorgeous flavours going on here. Smoked turkey meat, soft, toffee-like sweet potato, creamy avocado and a citrussy coriander and lime dressing sloshed all over. And don't even get me started on the colours of all this together.
I hope you love it. I totally did. One of my favourites ever.
Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Turkey, Avocado and a Coriander (Cilantro) Lime Dressing
4 small, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
1 tsp olive oil
pinch of sea salt
1 medium sized avocado
Farmer's Choice smoked turkey drumsticks, defrosted
50ml extra virgin olive oil
30g bunch coriander leaves (cilantro)
juice of 2 limes
lime wedges, to serve
Preheat your oven to gas mark 6/200ºC/400ºF. Line a baking tray with a little foil or greaseproof paper. Carefully prick the sweet potatoes all round with a sharp knife. Pour the teaspoonful of olive oil into the palm of your hand and gently rub the oil into the sweet potatoes. Arrange in a line on your baking tray and then season with a little salt. Slide into the oven and bake until soft and tender, about 30-40 minutes.
Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, take them out of the oven, split them in the centre and allow to cool slightly. While the potatoes are cooling, de-seed and peel the avocado and cut into slices. Shred the meat from the drumsticks (you'll have leftovers - add them to a pie, salad or eat with egg and chips). To make the dressing, blend the extra virgin olive oil, the coriander (cilantro) leaves and the lime juice. Season with a tiny pinch of salt. You can either blend so the dressing is a smooth, uniform colour, or leave it chunky like I did. I just prefer it this way.
Top the now slightly cooled potatoes with the smoked turkey, avocado slices and then drizzle over the dressing. Serve with extra coriander leaves and lime wedges.
Do go check out Farmer's Choice - I've always found the meat and fish I get from them to be of fantastic quality, and I highly recommend them.
What are your favourite sweet potato toppings? Tell me about them in the comments below!