Lamb Sausage with Harissa Sweet Potatoes

Middle-eastern herbs and spices season this distinctive meat and potatoes meal.


  • 3 medium-large sweet potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled and diced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • A pinch pf ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon or orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons-1 tablespoon harissa paste
  • 2 pounds lamb sausage
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • Flat leaf parsley and mint, chopped, for garnish


In a medium size saucepan, cover the sweet potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Salt the water and cook the potatoes until just tender, 15-17 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Add the stock, cumin, cinnamon, thyme, zest and honey and mash. Season, to taste, with salt, pepper and the harissa.

Meanwhile, in a large, high-sided skillet, simmer the sausages in water to cook through, 8-10 minutes. In another skillet, crisp the sausages in a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Remove the sausages from the skillet and let stand for 5 minutes. Slice the sausages on an angle.

Spoon the mashed sweet potatoes into a shallow bowl and top with the sliced sausages. Garnish with the parsley and mint.

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