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Cheesy Sweetpotato Sausage Spread

1ST PLACE WINNER 2013 DIXIE CLASSIC FAIR “ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY” RECIPE CONTEST
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of diced sweetpotatoes, about a ¼ of an inch cubed
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage
  • ¼ small onion, chopped (¼ cup)
  • 1 small sweet red bell pepper, ¼ cup
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 oz. of Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese
  • 1-14.5 oz. can of Italian diced tomatoes, slightly drained
  • Toasted Baguette:
  • 1 French loaf Baguette
  • 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 1-2 oz. of parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine olive oil and cayenne pepper
  • Toss sweetpotatoes gently to coat.
  • Spread evenly on a baking pan and bake 350 degrees for 35-40 min or until tender. Stirring if needed.
  • In a medium frying pan, add sausage, chopped onion, and chopped red bell pepper. Cook until brown.
  • Drain grease and press garlic into sausage mixture. Cook for 2-3 min.
  • Add cream cheese, ¼ cup of Colby Jack cheese, roasted sweetpotatoes and canned tomatoes. Stir until well blended.
  • Add sausage mixture to a small baking dish. Top with the remaining Colby jack cheese, and bake until cheese is melted, approx. 5 minutes.
  • Serve with Toasted Baguettes
  • Toasted Baguettes : Turn up oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut French loaf in quarter inch slices
  • In a small bowl add Italian seasoning to olive oil and mix well.
  • Brush olive oil mixture onto each slice of bread and place on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle finely shredded parmesan cheese to cover bread pieces.
  • Toast at 375 degrees for 7 min.