I saw this idea on the Lifetime Weightloss Blog. They post some great articles and recipes on it so I’m on there pretty often! I saw the photo of this and thought it was “adorable” to make something that simply looked like a hot dog out of sweet potato and chicken sausage – two things I love. Actually I love doing stuffed breakfast sweet potatoes with some chicken sausage and apples. This was a whole new spin though, and since I had also already planned on doing burgers with Portobella mushroom buns, I thought the pair would just be too cool.
What I did not think about entirely was how to actually EAT this “hot dog”…with the potato skin? no. Peel the skin? Well sure, but it’s a bit messy…Ultimately I tried letting the potato cool a good bit before peeling it and eating it like a hot dog. But it was very messy…and the sweet potato was so large it was hard to fit the whole thing in my mouth which made it messier. As I’m writing this I have plans to try it with just some sweet potato slices to see if that helps but I feel the sausage will just fall out of them in that case. We’ll see. Regardless…they taste great even if you just fork-and-knife it on a plate. I used my remaining raspberry chipotle ketchup on these too and it was a perfect sweet/spicy combo!
I also made turnip fries with these for the first time. I wanted to try them for a while. They are really simple – just like how I used to make sweet potato fries all the time. I seasoned them with chili powder and cumin and a little sea salt. While they don’t stay crispy reheated in a microwave you could probably do so in a toaster oven and get them crispy again. Unfortunately I no longer have a toaster oven at work. And I have so much crap at home and no room in the kitchen for it that we keep our toaster oven in the tupperware closet (yes…our linen closet is full of tupperware). First world problems.
If sausage is uncooked, heat a large saucepan over medium heat and drizzle 1 tbsp of oil. Let it heat up.
Place sausages in the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes, until seared and flip to the other side.
When second side is seared, pour water in the pan covering the sausage about halfway.
Place lid on the pan and cook for about 10 more minutes, until sausage is fully cooked
Cut baked sweet potatoes in half and allow to cool if not prepped in advance.
Carefully peel the skin off and place 1 sausage link in between the halves
Dress it up with your toppings, and prepare to get messy!
Line 2 baking sheets with foil and spray
peel and cut turnip roots into 1/4" thick fry shaped slices
Place fries in a large bowl and toss with the oil and seasonings
Place them on baking sheets, spread evenly and not too crowded
Bake for about 15 minutes, flip them all over and bake for another 15 minutes***
*I always get chicken sausage made fresh from the Harris Teeter meat counter. They have sweet italian, spicy italian, and apple maple flavors usually. I went with spicy italian for this one.
**You can bake your sweet potatoes ahead of time in the oven. Poke holes, wrap in foil, place on a baking sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes at 400 degrees...cook time depends on potato size. I also just microwave mine - poke holes in it, wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 8-12 minutes, depending on size.
***Baking time varies by your oven. I also rotate which rack my pans are on at the halfway point because one gets them crispier than the other.
I'm Ashley! I'm a 26 year old former engineer-turned Personal Trainer/Nutrition Coach. I'm in love with fitness and eating to fuel my body and helping others do the same. I made a lot of mistakes along my journey to a healthier, happier life, and aim to prevent others from making them too. I want to prove that living healthy is easy and enjoyable! Search around for recipes that support a wide variety of diets and fitness goals - hopefully there is something for everyone here!