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Turkey bacon sweet potato hash for brekkie!
Growing up, I seriously didn't know what hash was really made of. My mom only ever used canned corned beef hash, so I always thought it was some mushy mixture of meat-esque stuff and some cubed white stuff (though, it never occurred to me the little white things were potatoes...I was so naive). On top of that, she only ever used it for dinner (hash and eggs and rice); I didn't know it was a breakfast food, and I didn't really wake up for breakfast ever anyway. I didn't find out until late into high school when I was dating a guy whose favorite meal was breakfast that hash was actually supposed be for breakfast and was a diced mixture of potatoes, meat and spices. Whoa, the revelation! (If you don't believe me, Wikipedia backs me up here).

Now that I'm cooking for myself, I've realized how much I love breakfast food (hash included)! And since I've discovered yams/orange sweet potatoes, I've fallen in love with them! So this obviously evolved into a sweet potato hash...the healthier version that's missing the fatty unhealthy meats, the less nutritious russet potatoes, and the excessive amounts of oil that people cook it all up in.


Turkey Sweet Potato Hash

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Turkey sausage hash with waffles and eggs!
Makes 3-4 servings

Ingredients:
  • 10oz. ground turkey breast --OR-- 2-3 links turkey sausage, diced** --OR-- 3-4 slices turkey bacon, diced (or a mix of all of them)
  • 1 large orange sweet potato/yam, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 C onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (or less if you want it less spicy)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Lay out diced sweet potato in a flat layer on the baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, flip/stir-up the pieces, and cook another 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in medium saute pan over medium heat, brown and break up the ground turkey. If using turkey sausage or turkey bacon, also add them now. Season with pepper and cook about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add garlic and onions to pan and cook until onions are JUST tender. Try not to burn/char the onions.
  5. Turn heat up to medium-high and add baked sweet potato, paprika, and cayenne to the pan. Toss all ingredients together and cook until potatoes brown/char a bit on the outsides.
  6. Divide into servings and serve hot! Pairs well with other breakfast foods like waffles or omelets, and works equally as well as a main dish for dinner next to a large salad.


**Turkey sausage is easier to dice before cooking if it's partially frozen. If you plan on cooking it completely thawed, consider cooking it first, removing it from the pan to dice it, and returning it to the pan.

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Prepping all the ingredients
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This is ALMOST a one pan wonder....darn that baking sheet, haha



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