Breakfast Hash Recipe | An easy sweet potato hash, featuring ground turkey, peppers, onions and fresh sage. Eat as is, or top it with a fried egg!
I used to meet with a small circle of my dearest, closest friends for bible study every Thursday morning. We alternated hosting, and more times than not, each hostess would provide either breakfast or at least a little something for the group to munch on.
I already knew these women extremely well, but I always loved getting to see what each individual would serve at bible study that morning. Their hostessing style was always so perfectly aligned with their personality, and maybe even their overall attitude; not only toward food, but life as well. Whether it was whole foods and healthy to a T, a quick-fix consisting of scrambled eggs and bacon, the newest recipe they had found on Pinterest, or just a straight-up Chick-Fil-A doggy bag, it was a little sneak peek into their daily life, and it was my favorite day of the week.
One of the most memorable breakfasts served from the era of our small group gatherings was a sweet potato breakfast hash. Of course, served up by my super-duper, cross fitter bestie — a fan of all things paleo and packed with nutritional value. See? Opposites do attract.
Unfortunately, it isn’t really the health benefits that draw me toward any certain dish…it’s more-so the flavor. And, while deep down [insert rolling eyes, here], of course, I care about what goes into my body, comfort food will forever and always have my heart.
And, maybe that’s the reason this sweet potato hash resonated with me — it’s healthy, it’s hearty, and best of all, it’s comforting. My friend used pork sausage in her recipe, but I prefer pork sausage in biscuits and gravy…and that might be just about it.
Sausage tends to be a little too heavy for me first thing in the morning, so I chose to sub in ground turkey. However, if you prefer breakfast sausage, you can take out the ground turkey and add sausage right back in.
HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO HASH WITH GROUND TURKEY
Breakfast hashes are cooked on the stovetop, and typically all in one pan. The dish usually consists of a protein, accompanied by an assortment of vegetables like potatoes, onions, and peppers.
MAKE SURE THE POTATOES ARE SMALL AND UNIFORM IN SIZE FOR THE HASH
One of the most important things to keep in mind for a breakfast hash with sweet potatoes (or, really any potato for that matter) is that the potatoes need to be fairly small and of uniform size. They should be small for two reasons: (1) So they don’t take forever to cook, (2) and so they don’t burn on the outside before they cook through on the inside.
The easy way to cut potatoes for a breakfast hash:
Slice the washed and peeled potatoes crosswise into 1/4″ circles. Then, cut each circle into 1/4″ strips (you should have 3-4 strips/circle). Cut each strip into 1/4″ cubes, and that’s all there is to that.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST SWEET POTATO HASH WITH GROUND TURKEY
One of the best things about hash recipes is that they are packed with flavor. But, how do you pack a hash with flavor? Simple. You build it.
COOK TURKEY AND SWEET POTATOES OVER MEDIUM-HIGH HEAT
Turns out browned meat is tasty. And that, my friends, is science. Just ask Dr. Maillard, discoverer of the Maillard Reaction. The Maillard Reaction states (in its simplest form) that browned food tastes better. This is the reason we will cook the turkey and the sweet potatoes over medium-high heat.
Why not high heat? Well because burnt food tastes bad. Also science.
In addition to making sure we get a nice brown coating on both the turkey and the sweet potatoes, we are going to focus on building flavor.
Start off your breakfast hash with the ground turkey. Once the turkey is cooked, it hops out of the pool momentarily to make a little room for the sweet potatoes.
The sweet potatoes will take on the flavor of the turkey, making them savory/sweet perfection.
In addition to the sweet potatoes and turkey, the recipe also features heavy hitters in the flavor department like sweet red peppers, red onion, and one of my favorite additions, fresh sage.
Fresh herbs are simple to handle and add an unexpected vibrancy and a lovely complexity to dishes (especially savory ones), and perfectly complements the stars of this show — ground turkey and sweet potatoes.
PUT AN EGG ON IT
And, if you want to add even more flavor to your sweet potato hash, you could always throw a fried egg on it. Cause when has a fried ever made anything worse?
As much as I love a good fried egg, I’ll definitely take sweet potato hash either way.
Mostly, I use this little ditty as a quick-fix, make-ahead breakfast. I make it at the start of the week, and pull a little bit from it each morning. It keeps well, it’s filling, and just doesn’t seem to get old. Plus, it reminds me of one of my very best friends. Gotta love that.
Speaking of which, we are still in our little bible study together, and we still meet every Thursday morning. However, maybe the word “little” is no longer the best adjective to describe the study. We’ve multiplied in number significantly, and we no longer gather ’round a table. We fill an entire room.
Because of the size change, most of the hostesses have opted out of serving breakfast, and understandably so. But, food is such a connecting point for me, I’ll admit I was a little sad to see that side of our Thursday mornings go.
However, this hash is pretty simple to make…and it does go a long, long way. And, I’m thinking the next time this gal gets to host, sweet potato hash will most certainly be served. Please, enjoy.
An easy sweet potato hash, featuring ground turkey, peppers, onions and fresh sage. Eat as is, or top it with a fried egg!
- 2 sweet potatoes, washed and peeled
- 5 tablespoons olive oil separated
- 1 pound (85/15) ground turkey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons TAK House Seasoning or your favorite store-bought spice blend (TAK House Seasoning recipe at TheAnthonyKitchen.com)
- Scant teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh, minced sage
To prepare the sweet potatoes, slice them crosswise into 1/4" circles. Then, cut each circle into 1/4" strips (you should have 3-4 strips/circle). Cut each strip into 1/4" cubes and set aside until ready to use.
Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, breaking it apart with a spatula or spoon, and sprinkle with seasoning. Cook for 6-8 minutes more, stirring often, until the turkey is browned and cooked through.
Remove the turkey from the pan, and add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté the potatoes 6-8 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
Add the onion and the pepper, and continue cooking for an additional 4 minutes.
Add the turkey back to the pan, along with the sage and stir. Continue cooking until the onions and pepper have softened. Serve and enjoy.