Sweet Potato, Fig, and “Sausage” Skewers

sweet potato sausage fig 1

When my bestie called me last week and asked if I could cater a real estate brokers’ open house, I literally jumped up and down in my kitchen for 5 minutes straight.  I was all like, “Hold up, you’re telling me I get to do what I love AND make money doing it?  Hells yeah!”  And then after I chilled out, I realized, “Oh crap, now I actually have to work.”

So, I made 4 lovely appetizers for the evening, and man, it was fun.  I had the luxury of hanging out with adults only for 3 hours, feed them, and drink the home seller’s delicious wine.  Can’t beat it. These spicy sausage, sweet potato, and fig skewers were definitely the highlight of the evening, and thus, I will share with you lucky folks.  I was inspired by a recipe from Yotom Ottolenghi’s book Jerusalemwhich is a sweet potato and fig salad with a balsamic reduction.  I decided to make it into an appetizer, and it works… really well.  And it’s simple too.

Spicy Sausage, Sweet Potato, and Fig Skewers (with a balsamic jalapeno reduction)

Makes 48 skewers


  • 6 vegan sausages, each sliced into 8 pieces.  Use something that won’t fall apart when sliced.
  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, cut into about 1 inch cubes
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 12 fresh figs, quartered
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced into thin rounds
  • 48 small skewers


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, toss together your cubes of sweet pertater, olive oil, and a good pinch of salt. (Side note- to get even cubes of potato, I usually slice off the 4 rounded sides of the potato, as well as the tips. Then I’m left with a pretty decent rectangle of tuber.)
  • Bake the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes.  While the sweet potato is in the oven, put your sausage on another baking sheet and spread out evenly.
  • Once the 15 minutes is up, turn your sweet potatoes and put back in the oven, ALONG with the sausage for another 15 minutes.
  • While everything is cooking, you can make the balsamic reduction to drizzle over the skewers.  Yum.  In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar, sugar, and jalapeno.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes until it’s the consistency of honey.  Remove from the heat.
  • Once your sweet potato and sausage have cooled enough to handle, put a piece of sweet potato, a piece of sausage, and a piece of fig onto a skewer.  Plate and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.
  • Eat.  Then notice the sound of angels singing your praises.
sweet potato fig sausage 2

“Lalalala”- that’s the angels singing.

Thanks again Erin Lewis (my bestie) and Missy Walden, for offering me this fantastic catering opportunity!


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