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Baked Pork and Sweet Potato Hash

Serves 4

This recipe is one of several variations I created based on my Italian sausage and potato casserole, which I have been making for years as a quick and easy weeknight dinner. The original is in the similar and related recipes. For this version, I decided to use sweet potatoes instead of white and lean ground pork with seasonings similar to those in Italian sausage. This takes just a little longer to prepare but is very good and a little healthier than the original.


Preheat oven to 400° F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown lightly, breaking apart into medium chunks as it cooks. (Do not break it into fine pieces.) Add 1 teaspoon of the fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon of the marjoram, thyme, savory, salt and pepper as it browns. Place the pork, potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic in a lightly greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Season with the remaining marjoram, fennel, and additional salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and stir gently to combine. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the cover and bake until the potatoes are very tender, about another 30 minutes. Serve immediately.