Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sweet Potato and Bacon Breakfast Hash


Saturdays are just great. What a day to run errands, get to-do lists checked off, spend some time with family, and just have fun! Saturdays are also a great day to experiment with meals. This morning - what a beautiful morning it was, 67 degrees when we woke up! - I decided to try something different for breakfast, and came up with just about the most delicious breakfast food I've ever put in my mouth.

Not only is it yummy, it's healthy and pretty easy too. It would be ridiculously simple to make if all of the ingredients were prepped ahead of time. The biggest plus, however, is that it works perfectly with the Paleo diet, which my husband and I are currently (and a bit loosely) on. I call it...Sweet Potato and Bacon Breakfast Hash!

PREP TIME: 5 or so minutes

COOK TIME: Approx. 15 minutes

(Serves two, or one if you're pretty hungry.)
One sweet potato, cut into chunks
Two strips of bacon, cut into chunks
White onion
One or more cloves of garlic
Olive oil

Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot (or when it turns from that greenish color to a browner color), add the chunks of sweet potato. Stir occasionally.

As the sweet potato is cooking, chop up the onion - use as much or as little as you'd like. I used a 1/4" crosswise slice, but there would have been no harm in using more. Mince or slice the garlic (if you love garlic, use at least two cloves). The easiest and quickest way to chop the onion and garlic is to put them both in a food processor and run it for just a few seconds - you don't want them too finely chopped.

After you're done chopping, test the potatoes with a spatula. When you can push the edge of the spatula into the sweet potato and it gives just a little, add the onion and bacon and give it all a good stir. Keep occasionally stirring until the onions start to get a bit translucent, and then add the garlic. 

Continue stirring until the bacon is fully cooked, then remove from the burner. Scoop the hash onto a paper towel on a plate to drain off the grease. Serve ASAP.

Mmmm, MM! How delicious it was! It went beautifully with a Bartlett pear topped with pecans and honey and a cup of coffee flavored with homemade Pumpkin Spice creamer. With the breeze blowing through the open windows, it was the perfect fall breakfast!

Now it's your turn! Go prep your ingredients, store them in a plastic bag or container in the fridge, and you'll have a delicious and healthy breakfast for even your busiest mornings!

Enjoy :)

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