Tonight I was able to bust out my spiralizer again and have some fun with a Paleo-friendly food: the sweet potato. This beautiful gem of nature provides the body good doses of vitamins and minerals while gently impacting blood sugar levels (compared to regular potatoes). It made for an easy meal to prepare and cook-my mom even enjoyed it and she is not a big veggie eater. I wouldn’t call this dish a pasta in the typical sense because the sauce I made for it was free of tomatoes and garlic, stuff you normally find in your typical Italian fare. It was a brown “butter” sauce because this usually goes well with sweet veggies like sweet potatoes and squash. The “butter” comes from ghee to keep it dairy-free and Paleo. Just a few simple ingredients: sweet potatoes, organic Italian chicken sausage, fresh sage, ghee, salt and pepper.
To start, my daughter helped me peel three large sweet potatoes to get them ready for my attachment. If you don’t have a spiralizer, no worries here. Just use your vegetable peeler and make ribbons instead of rings! Same taste, just a different shape. After the potatoes were prepped and ready, I sliced four chicken sausages and sauteéd them in a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. Once the sausage was browned I took it out of the skillet and set it aside. I then scooped about two large tablespoons of ghee and cooked it in the skillet over medium heat for about four or five minutes, then I threw in the fresh sage leaves and let them cook until slightly browned on the edges. Add a dash of sea salt and cracked black pepper and there is your sauce!
I had to pre-cook the potatoes in some boiling water to soften it up a bit. If you make ribbons, just toss them in the skillet with your brown “butter” sauce. I think the next time I make this dish I will use a different blade on my spiralizer. The potato could have been a tad thinner. But practice makes perfect and mistakes can be masterpieces!
Once all my ingredients were ready I tossed them all together then served in bowls. I broke away from the true paleo rules and added fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Just omit if you are sensitive to dairy. If you eat cheese from sheep you could throw in some grated Manchego. For an extra boost of Omega 3’s you could also add some walnuts to your sauce (I think I will next time!).
If you want a wine with this meal, I would stick with something light. I am still enjoying my crisp white and rosé wines. The heat outside steers me away from my beloved reds, so I always have some great whites on hand. Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Grigios, Unoaked Chardonnays and any Rosé that is dry and full of summer fruit flavors (think anything from raspberries to watermelon). These are no-brainier choices for me! And I usually stick within the $15 to $20 range so I don’t feel like I break the bank. So if you are trying to find some new ideas in the kitchen, try this spin on a healthy dish that will hopefully leave your tastebuds wanting more. Sip, savor and enjoy!
Until next time, cheers!