Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

DSC_0578Sometimes inspiration can come from anywhere if you’re open to it, and this one is no exception. I stopped by the local Whole Foods yesterday after stalking looking up the calendar of my favorite food truck, Not So Fast Food. The owners, Bob and June, 1) cook some damn tasty food; 2) completely get the Paleo / Primal way of life; and 3) are the nicest freaking people on the planet. They recently just started a second truck called Not 2 Fast and are making the rounds all across Southern California. After chatting with Bob, he gave me a taste of a new dish he’s working on and while I can tell you this isn’t exactly same, this recipe is inspired by what he gave me. Consider it a little treat of those of you who may never get to San Diego to visit.

I *did* add a dash of pure maple syrup as a finishing touch, but please feel free to omit if you’re on a Whole30, 21 Day Sugar Detox or similar. One way to speed this dish’s prep time is to shred a few sweet potatoes and store them in the fridge. I used a shredding blade on my food processor but you could use a box grater or even dice them very finely by hand. I prefer to cook my bacon separately; instead, you could render the chopped bacon and then use that fat to fry the potatoes. Ghee makes it taste better to me so that’s what I use instead.

Prep time: 10 min     Cook time: 10 min    Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of shredded sweet potato or yams
  • 1/2 of an apple, chopped
  • 3 pieces of bacon, chopped (I like Applegate Farms)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup, optional
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Ghee, bacon fat or fat of choice

Directions:

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, render / cook the bacon until it’s crispy. You can save the fat to cook the rest of the ingredients or pour off the fat and start over with a spoonful of ghee, coconut oil, etc. 
  2. Add the sweet potato to the pan, cooking on medium heat until they begin to get golden brown.
  3. Add the apples and stir until they soften, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Season with the maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt, to taste.

Bonus: For a one-skillet meal, remove the hash to a plate, then quickly wilt some spinach. Remove the spinach to the same plate, then fry or scramble eggs in the same pan.

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5 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

  1. We just made this and it was incredible!!! I have to admit that it was WAY out of my comfort zone. I did not think it would taste good, but I was dead wrong. Amazing is the only way to describe it. We did put 2 fried eggs over the top. The combination of sweet and salty put my taste buds into overdrive. We are going to make this for the kids. This is going to be a definite staple in the Sutherland household.

    • Hey Bo and Stacey! Thanks for taking a chance and putting some faith in me ;) I’m really, really happy to hear that you guys loved it so much. I made this again for breakfast today and had it with eggs, too! I’ll bet that the kids are going to like it.

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