The fall is replete with colors that amaze and awaken the bleary eyes. Shocks of brightness coupled with pops of savory flavor enliven the soul on a late morning when the appetite is making itself known and “inspired” food is exactly what it craves. Now, blazing orange sweet potatoes are an amazing part of this perfect fall bounty, as well as are the fragrant spices and savory nuances that can be mingled and married to create the perfect breakfast that is reflective of this spectacular time of year. Coziness gives way to a smooth awakening on a fall morning, and so much of that coziness depends on the comfort that can be found in the pan when a perfectly soul-pleasing dish is hashed together and slid carefully onto the plate to be enjoyed.
The ingredients that we choose give color to the season we find ourselves in. Sweet potatoes are diced and lightly fried until golden, spicy sausage is browned and crisped, red bell peppers are caramelized with onions, and all is topped off with a sprinkle of sharp, salty, creamy cheese to make a dish worthy of this season that holds a special place in the heart. Autumn is that unique time of year that contains traces of gold, shades of red, and hues of purple amaranth; it is that inviting time of year when comfort can be found in the light that surrounds and beckons us to wrap up and go outdoors. And somehow, the soul knows that the year is making its way toward completion, and that it’s good to reflect and become lost in memory and in the hope of what is yet to come, though not before the belly is comforted by the warm, home-cooked goodness of a simple and savory fall breakfast — the perfect companion for the contemplations of late mornings.
Autumn Sweet Potato Hash is fall’s answer to a savory late morning breakfast. It’s the colorful reminder of the nuanced complexity of the season which we find ourselves in, a vibrant companion that warms and comforts from within. It gives flavor to the boldness and hues of this gorgeous time of year, gives taste to our reminiscence as well as to the hope we have for love and for all of the good that life contains. It is the colors of the autumn captured on the plate, and a friend that generously warms the soul.
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Autumn Sweet Potato Hash with Spicy Italian Sausage, Red Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onions, topped with a sprinkle of Fresh Herbs and Asiago Cheese
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2 links Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into tiny cubes
1 small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded, and diced
• Black pepper
• Pinch paprika
• Pinch onion powder
• Pinch garlic powder
• Pinch Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 green onion, chopped
¼ cup grated asiago cheese
-Place a large non-stick saute pan over medium-high heat; once hot, crumble the spicy sausage into the pan allowing it stay relatively chunky, and brown it for a several minutes.
-Next, add into the pan the onion and the red bell pepper, and saute those with the sausage for a few moments until golden-brown (if a little more oil is needed, add in a drizzle of olive oil); add in a pinch or two of salt and freshly ground black pepper, the pinch of paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and Italian seasoning, and stir to combine; add in the diced sweet potato, stir, and cook everything until it starts to caramelize and soften a bit, covered, for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
-Finish the hash by adding the chopped parsley and green onion, and fold those in; spoon the hash into bowls or plates, and top with the grated asiago cheese; serve with a fried egg, if desired.