Hash has never been something I’ve made often and I’m not sure why the urge struck me this past weekend. Joe was out walking the dog and I puttered around the kitchen assessing just how empty the refrigerator and pantry had become. I had one big sweet potato sitting on the counter and I let it be my inspiration for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
I love sweet potatoes and try to find new ways to use them. Although they mash nicely and bake well, they are also wonderful in stir fry especially with pork. I almost always pair them with savory ingredients as in this simple hash. I decided to cube up the sweet potato and mix it with a few veggies (and fruit) that I had laying around.
Sweet Potato Hash
1 sweet potato, peeled & cut into small cubes
1/2 onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1 small apple, cored & cut into small cubes
1 green onion, chopped
Using a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil. I start by adding the ingredients that will take the longest time to cook. I add the sweet potato first and fry it for 4-5 minutes. I next add the onions and red peppers, along with a pinch of red pepper flake, salt, and pepper. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
I like to let the ingredients brown so I don’t constantly stir the skillet. The sweet potatoes will take on a lightly brown color. Finally, add the chopped apple and green onion.
The apple was a last minute decision on my part. I had one that needed to be used. I figured it might add further sweetness but also a bit of tartness to balance out the heavier sweet potato texture and flavor. Cook for another 2 minutes or until everything is fully cooked.
I cracked a couple eggs on top of the hash and placed into a 450 oven for 5-10 minutes, until the eggs had set. Serve immediately.
I enjoyed the flavors in this hash, although my pinch of red pepper flake was a bit too much. It came out a little spicier than planned, but still delicious. The sweet and savory combination worked well and was the perfect backdrop for the eggs. And, I made it all in one skillet, which always makes me happy … especially when I hadn’t even had my first cup of coffee.
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