This is probably the most paleo recipe I’ve ever created. Sweet potato, kale, egg, and sausage (or bacon – whatever your wittle heart desires). Amirite, though? You know this joint is paleo AF.
Now, to be quite honest I very rarely eat sausage or sweet potatoes. I’m not a huge fan of either. I’m not picky, so, I do like them… but, I definitely don’t ever prefer them. The problem is every time I go grocery shopping, I put sweet potatoes and sausages on the list – and then I buy them. Why, you ask? Well, that is one of the most mystical questions in my twisted universe. I have almost every kind of sausage in my freezer, too – different brands of both natural breakfast sausages & flavored sausages (chicken & apple, Italian, roasted red pepper, etc.) – that I always swear I’m going to eat, but never do.
I’m pretty sure I need Grocery-Shopaholics Anonymous considering I buy things I KNOW I won’t eat, and my one-item purchases always turn into 40+ item purchases. I mean, yeah, I know most women would say they have that similar issue when shopping at maybe Target. Don’t get me wrong, I totally do, too. But I seem to have that issue shopping ANYWHERE there’s food involved. Target & TJ Maxx are my
favorites biggest budget offenders, because they’re the double/triple/quadruple+ whammy stores – clothes, home goods, pet stuff, AND food all in one.
Don’t underestimate & limit my food-purchasing abilities to just grocery stores, either. I’ve been known to go HAM on the food aisles at Bass Pro Shops & Dick’s Sporting Goods. I like to think this addiction is due to my palette being ever so refined – similar to that of a five-star chef, (oui oui!) or Ratatouille the Rat… either/or. I simply feel the desire to try any and all foods that appeal to me. Plus, you’d be surprised by all the places you can find clean eats nowadays. Seems like where we put our consumer dollars is finally being recognized ’cause I’m almost always able to find a fairly-paleo treat, no matter where I’m at. I find this trait admirable while I’m pretty sure James finds it more gluttonous & annoying. “Do you really need to shop for Larabars at STAPLES? Can we please just get printer paper and leave?”
This recipe was also the deciding factor in the “do-I-hate-sweet-potatoes?” debate. Thanks to the sweet & savory goodness of this hash, I finally decided, “no”. Please do not hurt me, paleo internet army. I truly do not know what took me so long to realize this.
All in all, I am positive there’s not many people who won’t enjoy this dish. If a sweet potato hater like me can love something SO sweet-potatoey, I know you beautiful beebees will, too. It’s sweet, savory, slightly smoky, simple, and delicious. Just a few easy (several optional!) ingredients, 30 minutes, and one skillet is all you need to make this jam happen. Drooling, yet?? Well, hop to it, homeslice!
- 8 oz pre-cooked sausage links of choice, sliced diagonally (optional)
- 2 tbsp ghee OR bacon fat
- 1.25 lbs. sweet potato, evenly cubed
- 4 kale leaves, gently torn into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups, loosely packed)
- 1 small vidalia onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 cup – optional)
- 4 eggs
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
- freshly cracked black pepper
- 3/4 cup water, divided
- Heat 2 tbsp ghee/oil over med-high heat.
- Add sweet potato + 1/4 tsp salt and sauté for 3 mins.
- Add 1/2 cup water, a little bit at a time, stirring until liquid has completely evaporated.
- Once water has evaporated, add onion + bell pepper and sauté 3 mins until slightly softened.
- Reduce heat to medium, then, add cooked sausage (if using), kale, garlic, cumin, paprika, remaining 1/4 tsp salt, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 cup water. Preheat broiler.
- Toss until kale begins to wilt, then, create 4 shallow wells in the hash for the eggs to go in. (Leave a single layer of sweet potato hash at the bottom of the wells so your eggs don’t touch the skillet.)
- Gently crack & pour eggs into wells. Sprinkle eggs with a good pinch of salt + pepper. (I recommend cracking them in separate bowls so no shell gets in your hash.)
- Place skillet back on stovetop and cook 5 mins over med heat. Transfer to broiler for 1 to 1-1/2 mins max, depending how you like your eggs. (They will continue to cook in the pan.)
p.s. Whodaeverthunk there’d be absolutely no butter, honey, cinnamon, or 6 pounds of marshmallows involved in the making of this dish. Though, no matter how clean I eat (and no matter how delicious this hash may be), a diabeetus-inducing Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole will probably ALWAYS be my favorite way to enjoy these golden-orange Yammy gems.