Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
Sweet potato hash is a hearty option for breakfast. Pan-roasted sweet potatoes are cooked with bell peppers, onions, and ham for an easy and delicious meal.
What foods pair well with sweet potatoes?
I am often challenged to find breakfast solutions that my daughter will eat and I deem a healthy option for her. I often default to the “eggs for protein” because it’s easy and quick. However, she quickly tires of plain old eggs. Enter this sweet potato hash. Pan-roasted sweet potatoes are combined with bell pepper, onion, and (optional) ham, and finished off with scrambled eggs. It’s a filling breakfast that would also be delicious for brunch or dinner.
Sweet potato hash: A quick breakfast dish
For this dish, I peel the potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces. The entire thing takes about 20 minutes to cook, because the sweet potatoes need time to cook through. If you’re short for time in the morning, pre-cook the sweet potatoes by boiling the chunks until almost soft, then store in the fridge until you’re ready to use. This would also be a great make-ahead dish for a yummy camping breakfast.
What is pan-roasting?
Pan roasting refers to a method of cooking that roasts ingredients in the pan instead of in the oven. Roasting is a dry heat method, so only oil is added to the pan during cooking. However, sometimes I will cover the pan for a few minutes to speed up the cooking process, as the steam makes the potatoes cook faster. The trade-off is a slightly less crispy potato, but still just as delicious. My favorite tool for flipping ingredients while pan-roasting is a fish spatula like this one. It has a beveled edge, so easy scrapes up stuck bits on the bottom of the pan, and has the perfect amount of bend in it.
Spices and sweet potatoes
I love adding spices to sweet potatoes, as they absorb the flavor well, and it makes them that much more delicious. If you don’t have the Spice Club blend on hand that the recipe calls for, paprika can be substituted. Other spices that pair well with sweet potatoes are cumin, coriander, cardamom, and turmeric.
Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
- 1 large sweet potato
- 2 glugs extra virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
- 1 small red bell pepper or 1/2 large red bell pepper
- 3 scallions
- 1-2 oz. ham steak, canadian bacon, or cooked bacon (optional)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon Golden Smoke Spice Club blend (you can substitute paprika if you don't have this)
- Set a 10-inch cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
- Peel sweet potato and cut into 1-inch chunks. Once pan is hot, add the olive oil. Add sweet potato chunks and spread evenly in one layer. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Meanwhile, dice bell pepper, slice scallions, and chop ham or bacon. Crack eggs into a small bowl, and whisk with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.
- Check on the sweet potatoes. If they are browning quickly, but not softening up, turn down the heat. They will cook faster if you cover them with a lid for a few minutes. When the sweet potatoes are just about soft, add the diced bell pepper and scallions to the pan, along with the ham and spice blend. Using a spatula, flip the potatoes over and combine with other ingredients.
- Once sweet potatoes are soft, push to the sides of the pan, leaving a circular opening in the middle. Turn the heat to medium (if it's not already there), and add whisked eggs. Let sit for a minute to start to cook, then push around the pan to softly scramble. Once the eggs are cooked, incorporate into the rest of the hash. Taste and adjust for salt, adding more if necessary. Serve hot!