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Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet

Want something different than your traditional turkey dish? Here’s a fun one: Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet. It takes only 15 minutes of prep time, then less than a half-hour to cook. And you only need 5 ingredients!

Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet

Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet

Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword sweet potato, turkey, yams
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. bulk turkey sausage
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (yams), peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 1 12 oz. bag frozen broccoli florets
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Sea salt and black pepper , to taste (optional)


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the turkey sausage and season with salt and black pepper, if desired.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is slightly browned and no longer pink, around 6-8 minutes. While cooking, break up the sausage into small chunks with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and continue cooking until they become soft and slightly crisp around the edges, approximately 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the broccoli and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and allow the broccoli to steam for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and sprinkle the shredded Mozzarella on top.
  • Cover for another 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Carma's Cookery Creative Cooking Tips

Because of this Turkey Sausage and Sweet Potato Skillet recipe’s simplicity, it is fairly easy to get creative and customize this dish to suit your tastes. Here are some ideas.

Use a different meat
Instead of turkey sausage, use another kind of sausage. You can also substitute in any kind of ground meat, including beef, pork, or lamb. And you don’t need to limit yourself to ground meats. Shredded meats will work, too. Have leftover chicken or turkey. Use that!

Play with the starch
This dish is pictured with yams, but you don’t need to stick with that starch. You can experiment with sweet potatoes or even regular potatoes. Red potatoes or even purple potatoes might work really well, depending on your meat.

Get creative with the veggies
Don’t like broccoli? Try another vegetable. Cauliflower, green beans, mixed veggies all could work well.

Change up the cheese
Try out other hard cheeses such as Monterey Jack, pepper Jack, cheddar, gouda, or Havarti. Any cheese you can shred can work.

Sprinkle in some seasonning
Depending on your other substitutions, you could create a very flavorful dish by adding herbs and spices.

  • Using cauliflower? Try some spicy Indian curry or Mexican spices.
  • You can give it an Italian flair with some oregano, basil, and marjoram.
  • Add in some chopped garlic and onions!

Being creative in the kitchen is simply playing around with ingredients to see what works. The more you experiment, the more you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t, as well as what you like and what you don’t. Simple dishes like this one are perfect for experimentation.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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