I don’t often cook breakfast but when I do I usually do some sort of big healthy breakfast that ticks all the breakfast boxes. Like my Cast Iron Sweet Potato Hash.
This easy to prepare breakfast can even be prepped the night before so all you have to do is pop it in your skillet or sheet pan and get to baking. It’s easy, sweet, savory, and a filling breakfast.
Sweet Potato for Breakfast
It’s not hard to be enticed by loads of sweet things for breakfast. Pancakes, french toast, waffles, and the like are all delicious and sweet starts to the day. However, they are not the healthiest way to start your day.
But if you are like me and like to have some sweetness in your breakfast, sweet potatoes are an excellent choice for this.
Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and antioxidants and more than cover your daily need for Vitamin A which helps your vision and immune system.
Starting your day off with sweet potatoes is giving your body a healthy start while also curing that sweet tooth.
My Sweet Potato Hash
I like to mix the sweet with the savory so the natural savory choice for breakfast to add to sweet potatoes is bacon. We recently found bacon at a decent price for our area so I purchased a bunch and immediately split each package in half before freezing.
We do this with most vegetables and meats in our house. In order to eat fresh but not have food waste we often cut, dice, and slice all of our vegetables and pop them in the freezer until we are ready to eat them. We have the added benefit of having our food portioned properly too.
I have also added chopped green bell peppers to my hash because it adds a brightness of color and a tangy taste to my hash.
My husband and I have different egg preferences. He prefers his eggs scrambled or over hard while I prefer mine to be over medium or dippy.
To get this I simply create two wells in my hash and add the two different styles of eggs on opposite sides of the pan. His eggs go in first because they need to be cooked through, and mine go in about 3 minutes later.
Using A Sheet Pan Instead Of A Cast Iron Skillet
If you need to make more than just for two people I recommend using a sheet pan instead. Simply double the recipe and you easily have sweet potato hash for 4-6 people depending on appetites.
Another trick is make sure you oil your pan itself well with olive oil or vegetable oil. This will make it easy for you to scoop your eggs out without breaking yolks and losing the dippy for toast.
Simple Sweet Potato Hash Tips
Chopping everything takes about 20 minutes so if you want to save time or be lazy in the morning, chop your veggies and bacon then store them in the fridge separately overnight.
As soon as you wake up, pop the ingredients into the skillet and place it in your oven to cook. Then you can sit and enjoy some coffee while your breakfast cooks.
If you are going to add any leafy greens like spinach make sure you save that for about 10 minutes before you go to put the eggs in so you don’t burn the spinach.
You can easily switch out the sweet potatoes for any other kind of potato too. Add onions, asparagus, or mushrooms to it as desired too.
Cast Iron Sweet Potato Hash
As with any of my recipes, add or take away as you see fit and to your families liking. Times will vary slightly depending on your oven and the ingredients you use.
Additional spices are left up to you, I can see adding garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper if you want. I typically do not add any additional spices besides a bit of salt to the eggs because bacon and sweet potatoes both have a lot of flavor on their own.
I also do not skin my sweet potatoes, in fact I rarely skin any potato ever. My family and I like the skins. If you do not care for skins feel free to skin your potatoes.
- 1 medium sweet potato – chopped
- 1 green bell pepper – chopped
- ½ 12 oz package of bacon – chopped
- Olive Oil
- 4 eggs
- Seasonings of Choice
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- Spread oil on the bottom of the cast iron skillet and up the sides. Mix together the sweet potato, bell pepper, and bacon.
- Place the cast iron skillet in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Pull the cast iron skillet out and create two wells on either side. Be careful the skillet is hot.
- Crack 2 eggs in each well, sprinkle with salt, and place the skillet back into the oven for 3-5 minutes or until eggs are to your liking.
- Serve with toast or on it’s own.
Sweet Potato Breakfast
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family enjoys it. Remember to clean out your cast iron skillet while it’s still warm to keep your seasoning going strong.
If you are cooking for a larger family use a sheet pan and double up the recipe. I typically serve two eggs per person but add more as needed.
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