Sweet Potato with Italian Sausage, Apple, and Onion

by Katie on March 27, 2012

The other week I was perusing the clearance meat section at my local Kroger in search for Amish chicken, but I found some Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage instead! I quickly snatched them up before anyone could steal them from me. Then I realized I was clueless when it came to what to do with them.  I guess you could say I am a turkey sausage novice.  I’ve used them in Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce and also grilled them, but I can’t eat pasta and it was a rainy day so grilling was out.

So, I did what any normal person would do.  I googled.

Google led me to Iowa Girl Eats. I already love her blog, so when I saw that the recipe only required a few ingredients (all of which I had on hand -yay!!) I immediately knew there was going to be a change in the menu plan that night.

Okay – in all honesty, the real reason it went on the menu THAT night was kinda sorta because I had no other options.  I had forgotten to thaw meat out, dear husband was coming home soon, and I had nothing to feed him.

But this recipe saved the day, because this was seriously like the Best. Dinner. EVER! It’s low in calories, gluten free, and just plain awesome! What more could you ask for?

Sweet Potato with Italian Sausage, Apple, and Onion

Yield: 2 Servings


  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 Tart Apple, diced
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Links
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Salt, Pepper, and a dash of cinnamon


  1. Bake sweet potato or "bake" in microwave by washing, pricking with a fork, and microwaving until done (flipping over half way through). The time to cook the sweet potatoes through will greatly depend on the size of your potatoes. Start with 2.5 or 3 minutes on each side.
  2. Saute the apple and onion in olive oil. Add in the salt, pepper, and dash of cinnamon and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add in the turkey sausage links and brown on both sides, about 5-8 minutes. Add the clove of garlic, cover, and let cook until the sausage is cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Serve the sausage, apples, and onions over the sweet potato!

Recipe Slightly Adapted From Iowa Girl Eats

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Daniel March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

I have to admit (as many of your readers most likely will if they try this) that I was skeptical at first. Very skeptical. But everyone should know that this is very, very good! We’ve had it twice already, so rest assured it was tasty!


Katie March 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Very skeptical…yes, I remember your reaction when I told you what dinner was. You didn’t look too excited. When will you learn that I ALWAYS know best ;)


Daniel March 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

Always? I seem to remember a certain vegetable/lemon combination that we wouldn’t touch but Samson sure loved…hahahaha See this link: http://www.cuttingbackkitchen.com/2010/03/10/parmesan-garlic-chicken/


Kathy March 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I rarely by sweet italian sausage, but it was on sale, so we’ve been eating it all week, with little inspiration besides the typical spaghetti sauce fare. Funny thing is, I’ve been wondering what to do with some sweet potatoes and tart apples that husband bought recently. (“honey, why did you buy those?”) Thanks for the great idea!


Katie March 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Kathy, sounds like you’ve found a great way to use up those potatoes and apples :) I hope you guys love it as much as we do!!


Tiffanee March 28, 2012 at 1:07 am

Interesting flavor combination. I have been craving sweet potatoes so this is perfect. I’m gonna put it on the menu! Thanks!!


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