May 18, 2010

Sweet Potato Hash with Crystallized Ginger

     We are lucky in this area in that we have access to lots of local farm products.  Our local farm market had huge locally grown sweet potatoes for sale a couple of weeks ago.  I bought a large dark red-skinned one, easily 6 inches long, and a white sweet potato, which was very long and narrow.   I also had some hot sausage made by local Amish from Tamworth pigs pasture-raised.  It is delicious.  So, as is usual, I looked around the cupboards for something to make for dinner and decided to use the sausage and sweet potatoes.  It is a cool, rainy day and this combination seemed to be the ticket to warm us all up.

I put some coconut oil in a frying pan, cut up the sausage, and let it cook slowly in the pan.  As it was gently frying, I cut up the two huge sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch chunks.  I chopped up an onion in chunks of the same size.  Looking through the cupboards again, I added some dried sage and chopped up a few pieces of crystallized ginger I had bought on a whim several months ago.  There is a small amount of sugar on the ginger, but it couldn't possible amount to more than 1/8 of a teaspoon.  I suppose if you were manic about sugar, you could rinse it off first.

Once the sausage was browned and cooked, I removed it to a plate and added the sweet potatoes, onions, and ginger to the pan.  I added salt and pepper, sage, and ginger and let the mixture fry in the oil from the sausage.  Because of the smaller chunks, it only took about 10 minutes.  I covered with a lid at first, then removed the lid to let out the excess moisture.  While it finished, I made a little side salad of local baby greens and some not-so-local vine tomatoes.

I made a huge pan and all of it was gone at the end of dinner.  There are three of us - me, husband, home-from-college daughter. It apparently was very good.  :)  I put the recipe for the hash on the recipe page.


  1. this looks so great... i didn't realize we could have sweet potatoes :)
    thanks for the recipes

  2. I think sweet potatoes fall more in line with the Primal Blueprint than paleo. I follow PB. Enjoy!