the grind.sweet potato hash with fried eggs

If you haven’t visited Nom Nom Paleo’s website you are missing out. She even has a killer app for the ipad that’s worth every penny. I love this hash recipe, it’s easy and delicious and goes great with a side of nitrate-free pastured bacon!

Many of the spices she uses on her website are from Penzey’s – a spice store on Santa Cruz ave in Menlo Park. If you haven’t been there they are a great resource to add flavor and chemical-free tastiness to your meals.

Here’s a link to the recipe on the Nom Nom Paleo website:

If you’ve got a food processor, this sweet and savory plate can be done in 10 minutes. With a few simple mods, you can transform this side dish into a fast, complete meal: top it with a couple of fried eggs for breakfast or mix in some cooked meat (or bacon!) for a hearty supper. Feel free to adjust the seasonings — just make it already.

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the hash:

1 large garnet yam (I use the term yam and sweet potato interchangeably)
1 big pinch of kosher salt
Several turns of freshly ground black pepper
A few shakes of garlic powder
A couple of dashes of onion powder
A sprinkle of dried herbs (I used Penzeys Parisien Bonnes Herbes)
2 tablespoons fat of choice (I used lard)
Aleppo pepper (optional)
For the eggs:
4 large eggs (2 per serving)
1 tablespoon butter
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Aleppo pepper (optional)

1. Peel and cut the yam lengthwise so the slices fit in the feeding tube of your food processor.
2. Attach the julienne slicer blade to the machine and shred the yams.
(alternatively, you can grate the yams by hand, but do this at your own risk)
3. Transfer the shredded yams to a large bowl and toss with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, and dried herbs.
4. You can definitely substitute fresh alliums and herbs if you’ve got them. Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning
5. Heat the fat in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the seasoned sweet potatoes/yams.
6. Toss everything in the fat and stir-fry for a minute. Then, pop on a lid for a few more minutes while the yams cook.
7. The hash is ready when there’s some crunchy brown bits and texture is soft and tender You can plate it up with a dash of Aleppo pepper and gobble up the hash by itself or or you can split the hash into two servings and top each dish with a couple of sunny-side-up eggs. The addition of the eggs brings a wonderful richness to the hash, making this a full and well-rounded dish with plenty o’ fat and protein to go with the carbs.
8. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. When the butter foams, crack two eggs into a bowl and pour ‘em gently into the hot pan.
9. Season the eggs with salt and pepper, and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolks.
Once they’re done, carefully slide them out of the skillet and on top of a mound of hash. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Sprinkle some more Aleppo pepper on top.