I’ve got another skillet recipe for you today!
Sorry, but once I get on a kick I just can’t seem to stop. Actually, sorry I’m not sorry, because this recipe is kick-butt! : )
I’ve been craving a maple-infused dish for the past several weeks, but just haven’t found the right vehicle for the sweet, syrupy flavor. Pancakes are too obvious, a sandwich too out there, and baked goods – well, I’d eat the whole batch in one sitting, and nobody wants to see that. Creamy sweet potatoes browned with salty breakfast sausage and caramelized onions though? TOTALLY HAPPENING.
This Maple Sweet Potato Hash is absolutely dreamy. Salt and sweet, filling and fast. I MMMMM’d aloud through the entire bowl. Dig a well in the center when the hash is crisp then fry up a couple eggs over-easy for a luxurious, drippy treat. Me? I’m keepin’ it simple with a side of toast.
Start by peeling then chopping 1lb sweet potatoes – that’s about 2 small, Larry-shaped potatoes.
Like I always say, it’s nearly impossible for me to shoot orange food, as the colors always come out wonky, but this is truly how vibrant and beautiful these babies were. Feel good food!
Drop the sweet potatoes into a pot of salted boiling water then cook until they’re just barely tender, about 4-5 minutes. You don’t need to cook them all the way through, just soften ‘em up a bit. Drain then set aside.
Next, brown 1/2lb pork breakfast sausage in a large skillet, breaking it up as it cooks. Drain in a paper towel-lined bowl then set that aside too. BTW – I got my breakfast sausage in link form at Whole Foods, which is nice because you can buy only what you need vs a big ‘ol package.
K! Now melt 1 Tablespoon each butter and extra virgin olive oil in the skillet then saute the sweet potatoes with 1/2 onion and lots of pepper until the potatoes are golden brown and the onions are caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. Then add the sausage back in and toss to combine.
Now for the piece de resistance – pure maple syrup! Drizzle in 1 or 2 Tablespoons, then toss to combine and saute for 1-2 more minutes to let the syrup caramelize.
I buy this maple syrup from Trader Joe’s for a really reasonable price. It’s absolutely delicious, and I promise you’ll never go back to the artificial stuff after a taste. Also just noticing right this second that the label says to refrigerate after opening. So yeah…do that instead of keeping it in the pantry. Crap!
Scoop the Maple Sweet Potato Hash onto plate, if you please, or scarf right from the skillet. Either way, enjoy!
Maple Sweet Potato Hash
1lb sweet potatoes (about 2 small sweet potatoes,) peeled & cubed
1/2lb pork breakfast sausage
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- Cook sweet potatoes in a large pot of salted, boiling water until barely tender, about 4 minutes. Drain then set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add sausage, removing casings if necessary. Brown, breaking it up as it cooks, then drain in a paper towel lined bowl and set aside.
- Drop heat a tad then melt butter and olive oil in the same skillet. Add sweet potatoes and onions then season with pepper and saute until golden brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add sausage then drizzle in maple syrup to your liking. Toss to combine then saute for 1-2 more minutes and then serve.
You could actually make this hash at night then reheat in a skillet in the morning for a super quick yet filling breakfast. Or, do what I did, and whip this bad boy up for brinner (breakfast + dinner, ya’ll!)