Recipe Week : Day 5

Recipe Week : Day 5

Oct 22

This recipe was originally from Almost Meatless by Joy Manning and Tara Desmond. It uses only 2 links of sausage to make the whole casserole! Since you’re using so little of the meat, why don’t you splurge on some good stuff from happy cows? I will admit it is sort of a strange concoction of ingredients, but the end casserole is tasty! If you like it spicy, add more chile powder!

Sweet Potato Chorizo Mole’ Casserole

  • 4 oz Chorizo sausage (about 2 links)
  • 1 very small onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (recipe called for 2, still compensating for lack of chorizo)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 – 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes, juices strained and reserved, tomatoes chopped coarsely
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chile powder (or regular chile powder with some smoked paprika)
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 fifteen ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 c water
  • 2 orange sweet potatoes, 1 and 1/2 lbs total, sliced into 1/8″ disks
  • 8 oz. shredded mild cheddar cheese (or non-dairy substitute if preferred)
  • Cilantro for garnish
  • Avocado for garnish, roughly diced

Preheat oven to 375 F and spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

Crumble the sausage into a skillet (add oil if necessary) and brown with the onion, 5-7 min.  Add garlic and oregano and cook a bit longer.  Deglaze pan with tomato juice.  Add tomatoes, cumin, chile powder, chocolate, corn, and beans.  Simmer and stir 10 min.  Add water.  Taste and correct seasoning with salt and black pepper.

In the casserole dish, layer 1/3 of the sweet potatoes, half the sauce, and a third of the cheese.  Repeat layers, ending with remaining sweet potatoes.  Reserve last third of the cheese.  Cover tightly with foil (pressing foil down on top of sweet potatoes) and bake 1 and 1/2 hours until sweet potatoes are tender.  Remove foil and top with cheese; bake uncovered for 10 min.  Remove from oven and let rest 10 min before serving, sprinkled with chopped cilantro and avocado.

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