Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers

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Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

My friend Becca is one of those people who makes you LEAP at a dinner invitation. Her food is always simple yet inspired, and so delicious, you don’t even have a sufficient superlative with which to praise her. She creates her masterpieces with whole, unprocessed foods, and I find myself wanting to emulate her lifestyle every time I leave her house. Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is one of her dishes, and it truly embodies her cooking style and everything I love about her food.

My husband Jim has his own way of describing Becca’s cooking: “I think she uses Black Magic. Somehow, she is able to take something like red peppers, which I hate, and transform them in her Sweet Potato Hash, which I cannot stop eating.” All of her cooking is like this. When you try to crack the code, you discover that she is using the very best ingredients she can find and cooking them in simple yet delicious ways.

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers lives up to its name by boasting a liberal usage of bacon. After frying the bacon, you’ll reserve a bit of bacon fat, then use the rest for sautéing the vegetables and sweet potatoes. Use the reserved bacon fat for frying eggs which you delicate layer on the hash (which has been rustically piled on a piece of crusty grilled bread). It’s all just so delicious. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Becca also is really great about seasoning her food. She tastes her food often while cooking and seasons along the way, so feel free to do the same. A bit of fresh thyme finishes the dish with fresh flavor and a bright green color. So easy, so fabulous! And not even a hint of Black Magic.

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Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers

Yield: 6 servings

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion, about 1 medium
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1-inch x ¼-inch strips
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 loaf crusty bread, sliced
  • Butter, softened
  • 6 eggs

Directions:

  1. In a large cast iron or other skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a napkin-lined plate. Poor off 2-3 T. bacon fat and reserve for frying the eggs; leave remaining bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Add onion, red pepper, ¼ tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper to the skillet. Cook the vegetables in the bacon fat until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in sweet potatoes, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and the sweet potatoes begin to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Stir fried bacon and chopped thyme. Taste for seasonings and add additional salt and pepper if desired. Turn heat to low and cover to keep warm.
  5. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread each slice of bread with butter on one side and place butter-side down in the skillet to grill. Heat until lightly golden brown. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm while preparing the eggs.
  6. Heat reserved bacon fat in a nonstick skillet and fry eggs to desired doneness. This may be done with all eggs at once or in batches. Season the eggs to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. To assemble, place grilled bread on a plate. Spoon about ½ cup Sweet Potato and Bacon Hash on top of the bread, then top with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

Sweet Potato Hash with Bacon and Red Peppers is a super-simple, savory breakfast dish full of flavors and whole-food ingredients!

13 comments

  1. I love all a good potato hash, sweet potato or russet and this looks wonderful. I’m cracking up at your husband’s description of your friend’s cooking as ‘black magic’. :) Thanks for sharing this, Meggan!

  2. If I’m having eggs for breakfast, I have to have potatoes with them. I love the idea of a sweet potato hash because they’re not as starchy as regular potatoes. Great recipe.

  3. These are the kinds of dishes that make perfect meals: breakfast, lunch or dinner and even as leftovers. I think good, simple cooking can be seen as Black Magic!

  4. Never made sweet potato hash and I wonder why? It looks so delicious and of course healthy! Great recipe :)

  5. Ooo… I’ve never had sweet potato hash! Mu husband would LOVE this dish – he’s a big fan of sweet potatoes! This looks so delicious and I love the colors!

  6. Just popping in to say hello and send my best wishes!! So glad you’ve still got vibrant, delish dishes on the table :)

  7. The sweet potato idea sounds lovely! Sweet potato is in season here and I can get nice ones cheaply. Great idea to add them into the breakfast. Yes, I need the runny yolk too! :) Happy Friday :)

  8. Yum – I love sweet potato hash. I’ve never added bacon, Applegate has a delicious roasted red pepper sausage that I always use but now I wanna try bacon!

  9. That sounds like a pretty cool talent your friend Becca has there! Love the sound of this amazing brunch, Meggan. Bet the sweet peppers and potatoes go so beautifully with that bacon. Yum – I bet you grab Becca’s hand off every time she invites you for dinner!

  10. Wow, this sounds amazing! Tell your friend Becca she HAS to start a blog, or, failing that, at least invite me over for dinner. :)

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  12. Yum looks so good! I love sweet potato. Tell your friend thanks for sharing the recipe!

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