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Braised Sausage, Lentils, and White Sweetpotatoes

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Braised Sausage, Lentils, and White Sweetpotatoes

Reprinted from “Sweet Potatoes: Roasted, Loaded, Fried, and Made into Pie,” by Mary-Frances Heck (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2017)

This soulful one-pot meal can be pulled together in less than an hour, but it eats like a braise that cooked all day. The sausages plump and become tender as they cook slowly along with the creamy sweetpotatoes and lentils. Pair with a Pinot Gris, and you have a meal fit for company.

Braised Sausage Lentils and White Sweet Potatoes

Braised Sausage, Lentils, and White Sweetpotatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound pork or chicken Italian sausage (4 or 5 links), preferably a mix of spicy and sweet
1 large onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons
6 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Pinch of dried red chile flakes (optional)
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup French green lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 large white-fleshed sweetpotato (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1-inch wedges
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 bay leaf
3 cups chicken broth
Kosher or fine sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning with tongs to color evenly, until browned all over, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the sausages to a plate and add the onion and garlic to the pot. Stir to coat in the fat and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook the onion and garlic until they are limp and pick up a bit of color, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and chile flakes, if using, working the paste into the onions and garlic until the oil in the pan is terra-cotta colored, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour the white wine into the pot and stir, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add the lentils, sweetpotato, rosemary, and bay leaf. Snuggle the sausages into the pot. Pour the broth over everything and season lightly with salt. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Cover and slide the pot into the oven. Braise until the sausages are tender, the lentils and sweetpotatoes are cooked through, and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Tip: You can cook this dish a day ahead, let it cool, and store it in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to eat, rewarm it gently on the stove.

Copyright © 2017 by Mary-Frances Heck. Photograph by Kristin Teig. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

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Sausage, Sweetpotato, Sweet Onion, and Apple Roast

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Sausage, Sweetpotato, Sweet Onion, and Apple Roast

A delightful combination of sweet and savory, with a tiny touch of smoky heat. Perhaps best of all, it all cooks up on a single sheet pan, making cleanup almost as simple and satisfying as dinner itself.

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Sausage, Sweetpotato, Sweet Onion, and Apple Roast

Serves 4

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds orange- or yellow-fleshed sweetpotatoes, or a combination, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 large apple, cored and cut into 3/4-inch dice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or more to taste
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
6 pre-cooked chicken sausages (one and one-half 12-ounce packages), cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
2 red or green bell peppers, or a combination, cut into 3/4-inch dice
1/2 large or 1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, halved (if using a whole onion) and cut into 1/4-inch slices
3 cloves garlic, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweetpotatoes, apple, paprika, salt, sugar, and cayenne. Add the oil, tossing to coat evenly. Transfer the mixture to a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing halfway through.

  3. In the same large bowl, combine the sausages, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Add the mixture to the baking sheet and cook until the vegetables are tender and lightly browned, about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through. Add more salt and cayenne to taste and serve.

Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Seven Ate Nine

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Breakfast Strata with Sweetpotatoes, Chile, and Goat Cheese

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Breakfast Strata with Sweetpotatoes, Chile, and Goat Cheese

Ideal for a festive brunch, this pillowy casserole is full of hearty flavor. It might remind you a bit of French toast—if French toast had sweetpotatoes and sausage and sage!—and it’s even good with a drizzle of maple syrup.

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Breakfast Strata with Sweetpotatoes, Chile, and Goat Cheese

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 pound orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes, cut into 3/4-inch dice (about 3 1/4 cups)
12 ounces loose breakfast sausage or breakfast sausage patties
Nonstick cooking spray
10 ounces crusty Italian or French bread, with crusts, cut or torn into 3/4-inch pieces (about 10 cups)
One 7-ounce can chopped green chiles
4 ounces chèvre (spreadable goat cheese), crumbled (about 1 cup)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
8 large eggs
2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the sweetpotatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up and stirring occasionally, until the sweetpotatoes are lightly browned and tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Stir in the chiles and set the skillet aside.

  2. Coat a 2 1/2- to 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange 1/3 of the bread in the dish. Top with 1/3 of the sweetpotato mixture, 1/3 of the cheese, and 1/3 of the sage. Repeat 2 times. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and set aside for 20 minutes, pressing on the bread occasionally to help it absorb the liquid.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

  5. Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top is browned and the center is set, about 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Sweetpotato, Sausage, and Apple Lettuce Wraps

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Sweetpotato, Sausage, and Apple Lettuce Wraps

Serving: 4
Ingredients
8 oz. sausage, casings removed
2 onions, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
2 California sweetpotatoes, cubed
1 apple, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon no-salt added Italian seasoning
1 cup water or chicken broth
1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Lettuce leaves for serving

Instructions
1.    Heat Dutch oven or large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage to the hot Dutch oven and crumbled sausage with a spatula or wooden spoon.
2.    Add in onions, bell papers, and sweetpotatoes. Sauté for 10 minutes until veggies are softened and sausage is cooked.
3.    Add the apple, garlic, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir well and add in water & lemon juice or vinegar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10-15 minutes until sweetpotatoes are softened and almost all of the water has absorbed.
4.    Remove from heat and serve mixture in lettuce leaves.

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Beat the heat this summer with Meme Inge’s  Sweetpotato Sausage and Apple Lettuce Wraps. These crisp and refreshing lettuce wraps are a great entree to serve at your next summer party or any time you’re in the market for a fresh, healthy wrap. Not only are they chock full of goodness, but they are darn right delicious!

 

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