Meal? Snack? Sweet Potato, Plantain, and Sausage

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My husband came home with a plantain from Wegman’s. Every once in a while I like to cook them at home. Here’s the problem with that…

I bake them in the oven, which means they never taste as good as they do at a Caribbean or Mexican restaurant. Healthier, yes. Tastier, no.

Lesson learned, I looked online for a recipe that included fried plantain. This recipe caught my eye, which has sweet potato, Italian sausage, and a tasty mayo sauce. It was perfect because I wanted something heartier than plantain alone.

Check out Everyday Sierra’s recipe for Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Plantain Bowl with Creamy Chili Sauce

I had seen something like it before online, and initially thought the food combination was a little too, um, unique. But let me tell you, it’s yum-my. Especially Everyday Sierra’s recipe, which is the best I’ve seen for this dish.

It’s not difficult to make, nor does it take a long time. I just had to time the cooking pretty well, and keep my head on a swivel.

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First, I baked the sweet potatoes…

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But before the sweet potatoes were done, I started browning the Italian sausage. I must admit, the Italian sausage part of this recipe was what sold me. I was intrigued by the flavor that this would bring to the plantain and sweet potatoes.

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While the sausage was browning, I pulled together my seasonings for the tasty mayo drizzle. Everyday Sierra calls it the creamy chili sauce.

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Can’t forget the plantain, of course…

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Put it all together, and drizzle the sauce on top. So. Good. You get a little sweet from the plantain and potatoes. You get a little savory from the Italian sausage. And the chili cream sauce is a blend of the two. The sauce also prevents the dish from tasting dry.

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I made this recipe on a Saturday and we had it as a late-afternoon snack. I’d read that it could be considered a breakfast dish, but that doesn’t work for my morning palate. I’m an oatmeal or pancakes or eggs kind of girl.

I also read that this dish could be considered a meal on its own. If you’re not eating bread, this would probably suffice for that type of diet. If not, it could be served with rice or added as a flavorful side dish to a meal.

This recipe made enough for leftovers the next day. On day two, we used it as a side dish for a taco dinner. Worked like a charm.

If you’re interested in trying something yummy unique, or are figuring out what to do with that ripening plantain on your kitchen counter, give this recipe a go.

 

Timer photo by Marcelo Leal on Unsplash

 

 

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