Sweet Potato and Kale Hash with a Fried Egg
For some, breakfast is their favorite meal of the day. The thought of cereal gently bobbing in a bowl of milk excites them. They aren’t satisfied just keeping it a morning ritual… fanatics want breakfast for dinner too. Preposterous! I simply don’t get it. I’m just not a breakfast person. Never was. I don’t like cereal, and the thought of having an omelet for dinner visually angers me. A banana or a Greek yogurt is pretty much as fancy as I get.
Once in a while, though, when the mood strikes me, I decide to cook up a nice hearty breakfast. Wanting to eat a bit healthier recently, due to the extra poundage acquired since our wedding in July and because of the constant “encouragement” from my wife, breakfast also has to have some major nutritional value.
If you checked out the smooth and velvety Sweet Potato Hummus recipe from a couple weeks ago, you already know the multitude of health benefits a sweet potato packs. Up the nutrition ante with some kale thrown in the mix, and you have yourselves a dish even Bob Harper would be happy about.
Tyler and I made this hash together while our better half’s were busy, off running one of those Winter 5Ks. Something else I don’t get: running a 5K in the dead of winter. But hey, if they enjoy it, and it gives Tyler and I time to hang out and talk food, I’m all for it Thanks to Tyler for these beautiful photos!
When you’re prepping your sweet potatoes, make sure to give them a fine dice, around 1/4”. Cutting them bigger is going to greatly increase the time it takes to cook. I of course learned that lesson the hard way.
I’m really loving shallots lately. They are a bit milder and sweeter than their onion counterpart. If you don’t have shallots, though, feel free to substitute a medium or large red onion.
And now that I’m writing this post, I realize that adding in a red bell pepper would have probably been a nice touch (finely dice the same size as the sweet potatoes). If you have one, try it and let me know
I had a bag of frozen kale from Trader Joe’s in the freezer and used that for this recipe. After cooking it according to package directions (I did the microwave option), wrap the kale in a couple paper towels and wring out any excess moisture. Feel free to use fresh kale if you have it, but I like the frozen option because it’s quick and easy!
What really makes this hash complete is the beautiful fried egg on top. And really, is there anything as beautiful as cutting into a yolk and watching it slowly melt out all over the hash?
A little extra sprinkle of pepper on your egg and you’re ready to dig in. Feel free to also drizzle some sriracha over your finished plate if you’re into that sort of thing (Thanks to Tyler’s brother for that tip… I’m definitely doing that next time).
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into a fine 1/4" dice
- 2 shallots, finely sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into a fine 1/4" dice (optional)
- 2 - 3 cups frozen kale (recommended) or fresh kale
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 eggs
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Butter (optional)
Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in the finely diced sweet potatoes, finely sliced shallot, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, and season very generously with Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. You could also add in 1 finely diced red bell pepper if you have one (I didn't have one, but I will probably add this next time).
Cook mixture, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are cooked through and tender, about 15-18 minutes.
If using frozen kale (recommended, it's so quick and easy!), heat it according to package directions, then wrap kale in a couple paper towels and wring out any excess moisture. If using fresh kale, remove ribs and stems and roughly chop leaves.
Add kale into the skillet approximately during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Taste the hash and season with additional salt or pepper if needed.
As the hash is finishing up cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter (or a mixture of both) in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot (adding a droplet of water to the pan should make it sizzle), crack open eggs and add them, one at a time, into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and cover with a lid. This will help the tops of the whites to set before overcooking the bottom of the eggs. The eggs are done cooking once the whites are just set (the yolk will still be runny).
Divide the hash among four plates, topping each with one of sunny-side up eggs. Sprinkle the egg with some freshly ground pepper, drizzle with some sriracha (completely optional), and enjoy immediately!