Sweet Potato Hash

I’m a big believer that you can make anything into a hash.  Breakfast hash that is.  Or dinner hash.  It’s a beautiful thing. Throw a fried egg over the top and mix it in when you are ready to eat and the yolk creates the best sauce.

Ah – maze – ing!

The other day I had some sweet potatoes I wanted to use and some farm fresh eggs that I bought from the chickens at TAB’s school.  OK, maybe I didn’t buy them from the chickens, but I bought them from the school. That has chickens.  And sold 1/2 dozen to me for $2.  You can’t beat that.  TAB and her classmates get to collect the eggs.  So when I picked her up and she saw I had eggs, she told me she had done the chickens that day, and I told her, I bet the egg you collected is going to be dinner tonight!  It was great to see the wheels in her head spinning.

Anyways, back to the hash.  I start all my hashes with bacon.  Why?  Well, I would ask you why not?

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Add some onions and bell peppers.  I had a red bell pepper, so that’s what I used.  Cook for a few minutes.

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Add your diced sweet potatoes.  Cook for a few minutes.

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Now add seasoning: salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper.  I also added fresh garlic and fresh thyme.  I didn’t add the garlic earlier because I didn’t want it to burn.

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Cook until potatoes are soft and tender.  If you like a little texture, make it crispy and cook a little longer.

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Serve with an egg on top.

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You can really add any sorts of vegetables you want to this hash.  That’s what I like about hash.  It’s kind of a blank canvas and extremely useful for using up vegetables.  It’s almost like the potatoes of fried rice…

Recipe:
6 strips of bacon, diced
1 medium onion
1 bell pepper, any color
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like heat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
eggs to serve over the top

In a medium frying pan, cook bacon until crisp.  Add onion and bell pepper and cook for a few minutes.  Add sweet potatoes and cook for a few more minutes.  Then add salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic, and thyme.  Cook until potatoes are tender.  If you like crispy hash, cook until potatoes have cooked – through and are crispy.  Serve with a fried egg.

Enjoy!

Caroline