Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Sweet Potato Hash

This recipe rocks it out of the house. Seriously. And it's cheap, healthy and surprisingly quick. Food costs are expected to rise 7 - 10% in the next while so I'll really be focusing on cheap, healthy eats. The best way to combat rising food costs is to buy local! So hit those farmers markets!
This recipe calls for pork but you can use your favorite sausage and leave out the 1/2 tsp each of the dried spices. Try to buy the lean sausage. Take the sausage out of the casing and break it up in the pan as you brown it.

Sweet Potato Hash
Serves 4

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, canola oil or a bit of bacon fat (I use a combo of oil and bacon fat to give the pork more flavour - if using sausage, omit the bacon fat)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 lb lean pork sirloin, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper and coriander.
  • Salt as necessary
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot with about 1/2 inch of water on the bottom. Heat over high and boil about 5 minutes until just fork tender. Drain
  2. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium high heat with the oil/fat.
  3. Saute the onion until soft
  4. Add the pork, garlic and spices and cook through. Check for salt and add as necessary
  5. Add the drained potatoes and cook until browned, about 5 minutes
  6. Add the maple syrup and nutmeg and heat through

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