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The Perfect Fall Dinner: Potatoes, Sausage, and Rice ... With a Touch of Maple Syrup!


By Nancy Smorch

I was messing around in the kitchen today trying to figure out what to have for lunch, and it turned out so tasty that I tweaked it a bit, and made it again for dinner!

So I thought I would share it with you, and give you an idea for another nice fall meal for the weekend.

I had some sweet potatoes from the farmer’s market, some leftover rice, and some local bacon I had just taken out of the freezer.  It was cold and rainy outside and I wanted something warm, soothing, and slightly sweet.

Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to actually make - I don’t know what the final product is going to be - even in the middle of making meals sometimes! I try to be totally present, recognize what ingredients I have available, look around for inspiration, and listen to what sounds good to me in that moment.

Sometimes I’ll start cooking with one thing in mind, and part of the way through something else will pop into my head, and I’ll just go with it.

... Wait a minute... that kind of sounds like how I live my life!

Anyway, this is my creation for today - for lunch I used bacon, but for dinner I wanted something with a little more substance. I used some great local Andouille sausage from Coach Stop Farms in Zeeland, Michigan, and it was delicious!

And, according to my family, it was a big hit.


4 cups cooked rice

4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

8-10 red potatoes, washed and cubed (peeled if they aren’t organic)

1 lb. Andouille sausage (or sausage of choice, or bacon), taken out of casing and cooked

4 Tbsp maple syrup (grade B)

Sea salt to taste

Olive oil


Warm a pan over medium heat and add 2-4 Tbsp olive oil.

Put the cubed sweet potatoes and red potatoes in and saute until cooked to desired tenderness, and slightly browned. Season with sea salt.

Add the rice to the potatoes in the pan, and mix together with the 4 Tbsp maple syrup.

Add the cooked sausage.

Season with sea salt and, if needed, you can add more maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it).

Cook all of the ingredients together for at least 5 to 10 minutes, so the flavors can all find their place together, then serve!

How good is that? Enjoy!