Thursday, September 30, 2010

I love fall.

I love the sights.  I love the smells.  I love the holidays.  I love the food.

The other night, my husband and I ended up coming home at the exact same time, each hoping the other had been there first and had started cooking dinner.  Fail!

We checked the cupboards.  Bare except for onions and sweet potatoes.
We checked the fridge.  Empty.
We checked the freezer.  Sausages.  Score.

I thought about it for a couple minutes...and presto!  We had dinner.

I saw this recipe on Cityline a few years ago, and it is seriously one of the easiest, most delicious recipes I have ever made.  It's savory and sweet and it's a great way to get your family eating more sweet potato.

Hope you enjoy!

Spicy Sausage and Sticky Onion Gravy

2 medium sized baked sweet potatoes
3 large spicy sausages of your choice
1 large thinly sliced onion
4 heads of trimmed broccoli
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste

Wrap sweet potatoes in aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until soft and tender.

In a cast iron skillet, pan fry sausages until they are a uniform golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes, turning them from time to time. Remove from pan and keep warm.

Using the same skillet, gently fry the thinly sliced onion adding a little butter, a splash of water and a tablespoon of maple syrup. When the onions are cooked to a golden brown, add the beef broth and simmer until reduced by half. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the broccoli in boiling salted water. Strain, add a little butter and season with salt and pepper.
Scoop the sweet potato from the skin and place in the centre of two warm serving plates. Place one-and-half sausages on top of the potato on each plate and add the broccoli. Spoon over the onion gravy. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

Recipe from here, photo from here.

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