The combination of flavors in this apple sweet potato hash with greens and sausage is second to none! Perfect for a quick and easy weekday meal but also a holiday brunch or gathering with friends!
With only a handful of basic ingredients, sweet potato apple hash is a frequently requested favorite in our home!
Perfect Fall Flavors
As soon as the apples begin to ripen on our trees, this recipe immediately comes to mind. The combination of cinnamon with sweet potatoes and apples paired with the sausage is the most delicious blend of sweet and savory.
We love this time of the year on our homestead because almost all of our meals come from just harvested fruits and veggies. This sweet potato apple hash is no exception. Although, this recipe has been a favorite in our home long before we had a homestead or were growing our own food, it makes it all the better with freshly picked produce!
While we’ve tried so many different combinations of hashes and stir fries, we keep coming back to this hash as our favorite!
Simple, Nutritious, and Delicious
When it comes to preparing meals for our family, my criteria boil down to simple, nutritious, and delicious. Sweet potato apple hash with sausage fits the bill.
As a busy family with young kids, life feels about as full as full can be. But as we’ve delved down this from scratch, homestead life, time and time again we realize how just a few homegrown, flavor filled raw ingredients cooked together make the absolute best meals.
Ingredients in Apple Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage
Apples – We picked Cortland apples straight off of our tree but any fresh eating or cooking variety of apple will work well in the recipe. We like to dice the apples in small chunks so that they incorporate in small bits throughout the hash.
Sweet Potatoes – Fresh, orange sweet potatoes are our favorite in this hash. However, you could definitely substitute winter squash or carrots for the sweet potatoes in the recipe. White potatoes are delicious too, it just gives the dish a significantly different flavor profile.
Onions – No hash is complete without onion in my opinion; adding the perfect flavor to compliment the sweet potatoes and apple. I’d definitely favor dicing a real onion for both the taste and texture that it adds and not opting for onion powder.
Greens – When we began making this recipe several years ago, I always used spinach in my sweet potato apple hash. Spinach has such a mild flavor and texture that it goes really well. Since moving onto our homestead, we have an abundance of nettle. Now, nettle is our go-to green with this hash. It cooks down and tastes very similar to spinach. Alternately, you could add kale or a more bitter green but it will alter the taste and stand out more in the dish than spinach or nettle does.
Sausage – We love to use a maple sage breakfast sausage in this sweet potato apple hash. It’s important to check the ingredient label on the sausage you purchase from your local store, farm or butcher. Sausage often has nasty ingredients such as corn syrup solids, “natural flavorings”, or other sugar derivatives. If you can’t find a solid sausage option, it’s surprisingly easy to make yourself! With ground pork and a bit of sage, maple syrup, and a few other simple ingredients, you can make your own breakfast sausage in no time.
If sausage isn’t your jam, you could always substitute bacon, turkey sausage, or even chicken or salmon.
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is completely optional in this recipe but I love the flavor it brings out! There’s just something about apples, sweet potatoes, and cinnamon that were made for each other! You can also feel free to experiment with adding other herbs.
Large Skillet – We love our 12” Cast iron pan
How to Make Apple Sweet Potato Hash with Greens and Sausage
This recipe easily comes together in less than an hour. It also works great to make in advance and reheat when you are ready!
Start by chopping your sweet potatoes in roughly ½ inch chunks.
Roast them in a single layer on a greased pan in the oven at 450°F for 25 minutes.
While sweet potatoes are cooking, dice onion.
Once onion is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes, add your breakfast sausage.
Cook onion and sausage together until onion is fully cooked and sausage in browned.
Once sweet potatoes are fork tender, remove from oven and add them to the skillet of onion and sausage. Mix together.
Then add a diced apple and greens.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste.
Serve as is or with an over easy egg on top!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I scale this recipe?
Absolutely! Feel free to scale up or down as needed. We always make sure we have plenty for leftovers when we make it!
What substitutions can I make?
In the recipe section above, I noted the substitutions that can be made with each specific ingredient in this recipe. While we love the recipe exactly as it is written here, feel free to experiment.
Can I make sweet potato apple hash in advance?
Yes! This sweet potato apple hash with greens and sausage is like a good soup in that it only gets better with a day or two of aging as the flavors have a chance to meld together even more. If you plan to top your hash with eggs, wait until serving to cook those.
How do I reheat this recipe?
To reheat, we put in an oven safe container and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes or so until warmed through.
How long will leftovers last?
Eat any remaining sweet potato apple hash within 5 days.
How should I serve this recipe?
We love to top this hash with an egg or two and serve it as an entrée for dinner. It would also make a great breakfast or brunch served this way. If served without the egg, you could also serve this sweet potato apple hash with sausage as a gourmet side dish.
Apple Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage Recipe
3 medium to large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2” chunks
1 large onion, diced
1 apple, diced
2-3 cups of spinach (or greens of choice)
1 pound sausage
1 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste
1. Roast sweet potatoes at 450°F for 25 minutes until fork tender.
2. While sweet potatoes are roasting, sauté onion over medium to high heat until fragrant. About 2-3 minutes.
3. Add sausage to skillet with onion and cook together.
4. Once sausage is browned and onion is cooked, add in roasted sweet potatoes.
5. After the sweet potatoes are incorporated, add diced apple.
6. Then stir in greens.
7. Add cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
8. Gently mix everything together, taking care not to mash your cooked sweet potatoes.
9. Once everything is incorporated, serve as is or with an over easy egg on top!
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- 3 medium to large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2” chunks
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- 2-3 cups of spinach (or greens of choice)
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Roast sweet potatoes at 450°F for 25 minutes until fork tender.
- While sweet potatoes are roasting, sauté onion over medium to high heat until fragrant. About 2-3 minutes.
- Add sausage to skillet with onion and cook together.
- Once sausage is browned and onion is cooked, add in roasted sweet potatoes.
- After the sweet potatoes are incorporated, add diced apple.
- Then stir in greens.
- Add cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
- Gently mix everything together, taking care not to mash your cooked sweet potatoes.
- Once everything is incorporated, serve as is or with an over easy egg on top!