Annabel Karmel’s Sweet Potato Boats

A recipe from my colleague Annabel Karmel. An excellent source of vitamin A, sweet potato is packed full of goodness and acts as a fun and healthy ‘boat’ for your Bolognese.

This is a great dish for any leftovers and you can easily double or triple to serve the whole family, or if you like, add different fillings such as fish and vegetables too. 

Fussy eating can set in anytime from 10 months onwards and it’s a completely normal part of child development. The key is understanding your child’s developmental stage and making foods fun is one way to appeal to how they see the world.

Annabel Karmel’s Sweet Potato Boats

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 3 tbsp leftover Bolognese Sauce
  • 2 tbsp grated mature Cheddar cheese


  • Prick the sweet potato with a fork several times and cook it in the microwave for 7–10 minutes until soft in the middle or bake in the oven at 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6 for about 45 minutes, or until soft and cooked through.
  • Preheat the grill to high. As soon as the potato is cool enough to handle, slice it in half and scoop out some of the potato into a bowl. Mix it with the Bolognese Sauce and spoon it back into the boats. Sprinkle with the cheese.
  • Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve with steamed broccoli florets.


Nutrition per serving: 171 kcal, 5.6g fat
Allergen: Milk
Age suitability: 9 months+
Keyword sweet potato boats

Check out Annabel’s guest blog on making food fun for more ideas and inspiration.

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