Baked spicy sausages with sweet potato

Baked spicy sausages with sweet potato.
Baked spicy sausages with sweet potato. Photo: Marina Oliphant

An Italian friend inspired this recipe. Merguez sausages are perfect but any quality sausage will work just as well.


6 merguez sausages (available from specialty butchers), thickly sliced

800g sweet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into thick chunks

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp dried chilli flakes

1 tsp ground cumin

sea salt

½ loaf ciabatta, roughly torn

50ml extra virgin olive oil

handful fresh coriander leaves

handful fresh mint leaves

1 small white onion, peeled and very thinly sliced

1 tsp lemon juice

harissa (optional), to serve


Preheat oven to 200ºC fan-forced (220ºC conventional). Place sausages in a large roasting tin. Add sweet potato, paprika, chilli flakes, cumin and salt.

Add bread to tin. Drizzle with oil and toss gently. Roast, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and sausages and bread are golden.

Meanwhile, place coriander, mint and onion in a serving dish. Dress with lemon juice and season with sea salt just before serving.

Serve with harissa on the side, if you like things spicy.