Healthy Holiday Side: Sweet Potato Hash with Italian Turkey Sausage

Makes 6-8 servings


  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced in half moons
  • 1/2 pound fresh Italian turkey sausage
  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes, cubed in 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 slices uncured bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 short stems fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt and pepper


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat butter on medium-high heat. Add onions and a generous sprinkle of salt. Lower heat slightly and cook onions for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until very brown and caramelized.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, brown the sausage over medium-high heat. Break up sausage with a spatula and cook until browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sweet potato cubes with olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, and rosemary. Add sausage and caramelized onions to the bowl, and combine.
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil and pour sweet potato mixture into an even layer. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. If not serving immediately, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  5. To serve, heat oven to 400 degrees. Place sweet potato hash in a 9×13 baking dish, and cook for 15 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Article and photos by Cara Greenstein

Cara Greenstein is the creator of Caramelized, a food and lifestyle site recently recognized as Best Blog in Memphis by the Commercial Appeal’s annual Memphis Most awards. A native Memphian who just returned to her roots from Austin, Cara practices public relations at doug carpenter & associates by day and writes recipes and entertainment tips by night. Follow Cara’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram, or read the blog directly at

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