Monday, October 1, 2012

Our Favorite Hash - Sausage, Sweet Potato and Spinach

I love a good hash - a mixture of foods combined together to create a unique flavor.  The same goes for casseroles.  When you can put everything all in one dish and you don't have to think about sides or salads to go with it, that's a win-win in my book.  Here is our new family favorite.  It includes sausage, spinach and sweet potatoes.  The original recipe came from here.  We just tweaked it a little bit.  Yum-E!

The photo doesn't do this dish justice.  In fact my photo makes it look gross but I promise you that it's really good!

Sausage, Sweet Potato and Spinach Hash
Adapted from Multiply Delicious
(Serves 6)

4 links (12 oz) of chicken-apple sausage, sliced into small pieces - I use the chicken apple brand by Aidells
2 small to medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 apple (I like Fuji or Braeburn), peeled, cored and diced
1 bag (16 oz) of frozen spinach or use 3 cups of fresh spinach
1 small onion, diced (or 1 tsp of onion powder)
3/4 to 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for greasing skillet

In a large skillet, place about 1/2 tsp of olive oil.  Grease the pan well and put heat to medium.  Place your diced onion, diced sweet potatoes and diced apples.  Cook them until soft and lightly browned, about 7-8 minutes. 

Then toss in your sausage and spinach.  Add a bit more olive oil if you need it.  Sprinkle in the ground cinnamon.  You could omit this but I find this spice is what gives this dish its amazing flavor.  Cook until sausage and spinach look ready to eat, about fifteen minutes if using frozen spinach.  Finally add any salt and pepper to your liking. 

You could omit the sausage and make this entirely vegetarian or more like a side dish if you wish.  We like it with our meat though.

My four year old even likes this one.  We make this recipe about twice a month since we all like it and it's very easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.

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