Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Ths is a variation on Pati's Mexican Table recipe which has chorizo. Since I do not care for choizo, I have substituted sausage. Choose the sausage you want. This can be a side or even a main dish.
- 3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks (about 3 large sweet potatoes)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 8 ounces sausage (fresh, uncooked casings removed and coarsely chopped)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded if less heat is desired
- 1⁄3 cup red onion, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup cilantro, chopped
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the sweet potato pieces, once it comes back to a boil, reduce the heat to medium; simmer for about 10 minutes, until almost tender and a knife can go through without breaking a piece. Drain, and transfer to a baking dish large enough to hold the pieces almost in a single layer.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Whisk together orange juice, oil, sugar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat evenly. Roast for about 20 minutes, turning them after about 10 minutes, until the potato pieces have started to brown and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the oven.
- Meanwhile, cook the sausage in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; use a wooden spoon of spatula to break it into smaller pieces as it cooks. After 5 to 6 minutes, when it has nicely browned and crisped, use a slotted spoon to top the hot sweet potatoes.
- Sprinkle the jalapeño, red onion and cilantro on top, and toss gently to combine. Serve warm.