Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash
A spicy sweet medley of ground turkey sausage, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts, and apples tossed together for a mouth-watering hash
2 pounds lean (93/7) ground turkey
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
4 teaspoons ground sage
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, optional
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or more to taste), optional
2 cups peeled and diced apples
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (or cut into fries)*
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 pounds brussels sprouts, washed (cut these in half if bigger than bite-size)
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup (add in step 6)
1. Combine sausage ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for a few minutes while you prepare the veggies, or up to a couple days, if you're planning ahead.
2. In another bowl, toss together the diced sweet potatoes, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet that has been greased or lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
3. In yet another bowl, toss together the brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spread mixture onto another baking sheet or a 9x13-inch pan that has been greased or lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake both pans of vegetables for 30-40 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking. Vegetables are done when they are soft inside. Test with a fork for doneness; one pan may be done sooner than the other.
5. While vegetables are baking, cook the sausage mixture in crumbles in a large heavy pan over medium heat until done.
6. When the vegetables and meat are completely cooked, toss everything together in a big bowl, stir in the maple syrup, and serve hot.
*You can use 2 pounds of frozen sweet potato fries instead of cutting up fresh. Just bake according to the package instructions and skip step 2.
This Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash is one of my favorite winter meals. I have to stop myself from filling my plate a second time! The leftovers are just as good re-warmed, so I make a huge batch and it lasts for several days in the fridge.
The inspiration for this combination of ingredients came from my friend Nichelle, who served this for a New Year's Day brunch at her house in 2012. A big bowl of this Turkey Hash fed both our families, 13 people in all. I begged her to write down a recipe for me. She insisted that she just threw some things together and "there isn't really a recipe..." but I knew I didn't want to forget such a tasty meal.
If you like sweet and spicy, you'll love Turkey Sausage Sweet Potato Hash!