Sausage and Japanese Sweet Potatoes

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Sausage Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Dinner just got easier with this one-skillet sausage and Japanese sweet potatoes meal! Uber healthy. Stunningly gorgeous! Tasty, yes!

Sausage and Brussels Sprouts Recipe

There are so so so many reasons why I love this recipe!

  • Easy
  • One skillet
  • Awesome ingredients
  • Looks like a Picasso painting! 

Purple Japanese Sweet Potato

I can go on and on about how healthy it is and the nutrition, but let’s look at using purple sweet potatoes!

Yes, they’re a great source of beta-carotene and even richer source on anthocyaninn pigments. In order words, mega antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation. Plus, fortify your immune system. 

These purple lovelies have more anthocyanins than the average blueberry! 

What to Make with Purple Sweet Potato

Hopefully, you can find these purple beauties. I source them from my local Asian market. So, by all means, check to see if yours carries, and if not, ask them about it! 

There are so many things you can do with these sweet potatoes including just baking and enjoying like regular sweet potatotes. But, you’ll need to bake them longer in order to get the maximum flavor. 

The key to getting maximum flavor and color from a Stokes Purple® is to bake it longer than you would a regular sweet potato and at moderate heat, about 90 to 120 minutes at 350 degrees, at which point it becomes pleasingly moist.

Look for the Okinawan sweet potato in your grocery store in the fall and winter seasons. Unlike its darker skinned counterpart, the tubular-shaped Okinawan sweet potato has a buff or light brown colored skin with a violet-purple flesh. This tuber has a slightly sweet taste and a creamy texture, lending itself to the same recipes you would use with orange sweet potatoes.

Purple Sweet Potatoes Nutrition

Now I’ve peeled mine. But, if you like, you can scrub really really well with a wire brush scrubber, leave the skin on and then put in a bowl (whole) with a little water. Cover and microwave about 5-7 minutes, then remove, cool and dice into bite size pieces. 

These sweet potatoes are worth all the work because of their fabulous nutrition. Antioxidants and dietary fiber galore! 

Sausage Onions and Brussels Sprouts

Of course, I love creating dishes that look like paintings. My way of expressing my inner Picasso. 

So, adding onions with the sausage and these vibrantly beautiful Brussels sprouts creates a medley of hues that just literally pop! 

Polish Sausage and Brussels Sprouts

Now the Brussels sprouts have a tad bit of ‘bitter’, at least for my palate. 

To round that down and help, we’ll be putting a healthy drizzle of the best maple syrup you can source. I love the vanilla infused from Costco. You get a big jug of it very reasonably priced. 

Smoked Sausage and Brussels Sprouts

Speaking of sausage and Costco, I’m using these grassfed Teton sausages from Costco, too. 

They come in packages of 12, and I buy a couple of them when they’re on sale. Such a bargain. You can freeze. 

These are the only sausages I’ll use for hot dogs, too! And, with my dill pickle grassfed chili, well, it’s a dog off the charts! 

Easy Weeknight Skillet Dinners

I’m known for easy and healthy. I know y’all don’t have time to do a laundry list of ingredients in a recipe. And, I know you don’t want a kitchen that’s wrecked after cooking. 

So you’ll want to check out some of my other one-skillet dinners. 

Cheap and Easy Stovetop Recipes

Yes, I promise tasty, healthy, easy, accessible ingredients and delicious all in one pot, pan, cookie sheet or whatever. Some are made on the stovetop and some in the oven. 

All guaranteed easy clean, too. 

If you don’t have the Kirklands No Salt Spice Mixture, it’s really worth having in your pantry. Very usable with many things. Here’s the link to it at my Pantry Items in my Amazon Storefront! 

Quick and Easy Skillet Dinners

You’ll find that this is one amazingly easy quick and easy skillet dinner. 

And, if you don’t have a great braising skillet, take a gander at this one from my Amazon Storefront. These are skillets that are versatile and used for so many things! I’ve curated three options with price points for different budgets. Should be affordable for most everyone depending upon your budget. 

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Braiser

Cookwin Cast Iron Casserole

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Casserole

Japanese Sweet Potato Recipes

These purple beauties are known as Japanese sweet potatoes. They are mildly sweet. And, you might even get a hint of a wine-like taste. 

They’re more dry and starchy than traditional sweet potatoes. And, it’s for these reasons that we have to cook them longer than the orange or white sweet potato. 

Purple sweet potatoes have a lemony citrus hint and subtle flavors of herbs. They have an aroma molecule called ‘linalool’ that’s also present in coriander seed and cilantro. That’s why we’re infusing the oil with some herbs before we start cooking. 

Sausage Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Sausage Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Sausage and Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Yield: Feeds: 2-3

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • Fresh Herb Bouquet, thyme sprigs, rosemary sprig, oregano sprig, parsley sprigs
  • 1 cup sweet onions, French cut
  • 16 oz. brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced lengthwise in halves
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, bite size dice, precook to al dente
  • 1 Tbl. No Salt Spice Mixture, Kirklands
  • 2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ cup water, can substitute chicken stock
  • 1 lb. Polish Sausage
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Put a large braising skillet over medium high heat. Let it get hot. Add the fresh herbs and fry/sauté a few minutes until the fragrances come out and the leaves start fall off the stems. Use tongs to remove the stems and discard. Add the onions and sauté about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the brussels sprouts and blend in with the onions. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and let this mixture cook about 5-7 minutes stirring a couple of times. Add the potatoes. To precook the potatoes, peel and dice into bite size chunks. Put in a microwavable bowl with about ¼ cup of water. Cover and microwave on {High} about 8-9 minutes until somewhat tender.
  3. Mix the spice mixture, garlic and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the mixture. Blend well. Add the potatoes (and liquid), blend, cover and continue cooking another about 10 minutes. Add the water to deglaze the pan. Blend well.
  4. Add the sausage. Move the veggies to one side of the skillet. Pile the vegetables over top of the sausage. Cover and cook about 10 minutes on medium. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and let this mixture steam another about 8 to 10 minutes or until the sausages plump up and are completely hot throughout.
  5. Right before serving drizzle with the maple syrup!

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