This Breakfast Bite is coming to you from France with a bit of a twist. Typically made with some form of diced meat, potatoes, and spices, Hash had been popularized in Europe and America mostly during WWII when rationing limited access to fresh meats but it has existed as a concept since the 1700’s at the very least. The word hash was derived from the French word and cooking style, ‘hacher’(hah-shay), meaning ‘to chop’, and has various other names from other parts of the world, such as Austria, Sweden, Denmark, and Malaysia that roughly translates to meaning the same sort of dish. So, let’s dig in for the latest spin on this traditional dish with
Sweet Potato Apple Hash
This interesting dish combines both “apples of the earth” with apples from the trees, and it is quite simple to make, sweet to taste, and is a great alternative for anyone with sensitivities to things like meat, gluten, or milk products. The original blogger of the recipe comes from HollysHelpings.com, ran by a woman from Phoenix Arizona who posts various recipes online and spends time out of her day designing blogs and web icons for other people. This recipe was also featured on Huffington Post, which makes this one an “A-Lister” in my book.
Inactive Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 sweet potato
1 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Chop the sweet potato and onion.
Peel and core the apple and then chop.
Heat the olive oil in a large pan on a medium-low-setting for a stovetop.
Add the sweet potato, thyme, and paprika and cover, the steam will cook the potato through this way.
Stir occasionally to prevent burning.
Once the sweet potato is almost fork tender, add the apple and the onion.
When the apple and the sweet potato are both soft, remove from heat.
Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and serve.
If desired, you can add bacon. Simply cook the bacon prior to the sweet potatoes and then cook the rest of the dish in the bacon fat. Add the bacon back in at the end.
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