Saturday, May 26, 2018

Sweet Potato and Ham Hash #recipe #DeniseSwansonAuthor

Raise your hand if you like breakfast for supper meals? Me too! And when I discovered that I still had some leftover ham from Easter, I came up with this recipe. It uses sweet potatoes and red bell peppers for a double hit of beta-carotene, and fits my HIT philosophy--Healthy, Inexpensive, Tasty. 

2 1/2 cups (1/2-in.) diced peeled sweet potatoes
 4 tablespoons water, divided
 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 lb ham  diced
 1 1/2 cups finely chopped green tail onions
 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
 4 large eggs (poached)
 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)

Place potatoes and 2 tablespoons water in a microwave-safe dish; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at high 5 minutes or until tender. Place potatoes on a paper towel-lined plate. Let stand 5 minutes.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium. Add ham; cook 8 minutes or until browned and crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove ham to a paper towel-lined plate.

Increase heat to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon oil to drippings in pan. Add onions; sauté 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons water to onions mixture; cook 1 1/2 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons oil, potatoes, bell pepper, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. 

Stir in ham and parsley. Divide potato mixture evenly among 4 plates.

Place 1 egg over each serving; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Drizzle with hot sauce, if desired.

With the first book in my new Chef-to-Go series, Tart of Darkness, launched, I've been super busy trying to make the deadline for the next book so breakfast for supper really appealed to me. Launching Tart of Darkness was hard, but it had a great kickoff. Everything from a lovely review in ALA-Booklist to being selected by Barnes and Noble for a special week long promo in their Stepladder displays. If you haven't read it yet, I hope you'll grab a copy and give it a try.

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  1. HIT! I like that acronym. :) I've eaten ham & sweet potatoes for Easter since forever & never thought about combining them with eggs for a great dish. Thanks!

  2. I freeze all my leftover Easter ham in portions for this dish!

  3. Sounds great! Unfortunately ham doesn't agree with me so I may try ground turkey and possibly add a bit of cheese.

  4. Nice idea.
    With your aim at "healthy", the potatoes don't take much longer to cook on the stove than in the microwave.

  5. I love breakfast for dinner (or any time of day)!

  6. Heading to the store right now to get sweet potatoes! Thank you for the recipe!