Spicy Sweet Sausage Hash / by Alex Boake

Well, the giveaway is now closed, and the winner is Kate Ground! Her favourite ingredient is Homegrown Tomatoes, and there will be a recipe and illustration coming your way next week that features them. However, all this talk about favourite fruits and vegetables made me think about MY favourites. Honestly, it's difficult to choose. Variety is great! That being said, there's something really delicious and comforting about Sweet Potatoes. I can certainly say that they are one of my favourites, and I know that they are one of my boyfriend Mike's favourites as well! So here's a recipe that I cooked up for the two of us the other day in honour of our mutual favourite vegetable.

By the way, did you know that fresh Turmeric looks very similar to Ginger? I certainly didn't until I did some research for this piece! This recipe uses dried Turmeric, but it's definitely a cool thing to know.

Spicy Sweet Sausage Hash Serves 4 to 5

Ingredients

  • 1 lb package of Hot Italian Sausage
  • 2 large Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Directions Heat a large pan to medium-high on the stove. Remove the casings from the Sausages, and break them into bite-size pieces. Stir so that they cook evenly, and brown on all sides. If any of the pieces are too large, break them up with the spoon and ensure that everything is cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Wash and peel the Sweet Potatoes. On a box grater with large holes completely shred all the Sweet Potato. Be careful not to shred your fingertips when you get to the ends!

If there's enough grease in the pan from cooking the Sausage simply add the shredded Potato to the pan, and cook, stirring periodically. If you need a little extra fat so that the Potato doesn't stick, add your fat of choice to the pan before you toss in the Sweet Potato. Sprinkle on your Turmeric, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper and then mix with the shredded Potato. Cook until the Potato softens and you begin to get some crunchy bits around the edges. At that point, add the Sausage back into the pan and stir to mix. Heat the Sausage through, and then serve!

You could probably make this even fancier if you cooked up some Onions and some fresh pressed Garlic, but as a quick and fairly simple meal, this is great! If you don't do Pork, then substitute Ground Beef for the Sausage, and add in your own mix of hot spices.