I miss this. This hobby/art form/outlet of cooking and writing and photography. I realize I’ve been absent lately. And I have all sorts of excuses. First Clara joined our family. Then we moved and we’ve been adjusting to our new life in the city. Husband has a new job. I have a new home and a new very old kitchen. And as soon as I thought I was getting my groove back, baby girl started having reflux issues which led to the conclusion that I should eliminate diary from my diet (I’m breastfeeding). And along with the cheese and yogurt and ice cream, I said goodbye to piles of recipes I wanted to try and lost my culinary motivation again.
Six weeks later and I’m still dairy-free (and craving a slice of pizza like crazy), but I have learned one thing: you can survive, even eat well, without milk and all its derivatives. Baking gets tricky and dining out is barely worth the hassle. But I did discover some wonderful foods I was previously missing out on- like rice milk (which I actually prefer to the real thing) and coconut oil (to be featured in my next post).
This recipe is naturally dairy free. (Although a handful of cheddar or smoked gouda baked in would be a fabulous addition.) It’s also completely hearty and delicious. Sauteed in glimmering bacon grease, the sweet potato hash is topped with cracked eggs and baked until perfectly tender and crisp. Meant for breakfast, but great for dinner. And again reheated the next morning.
Sweet Potato, Bacon, and Baked Egg Hash
6 slices bacon
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika (I used smoked paprika)
4 large eggs
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
green onion, sliced
1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. In a large oven-proof skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel to drain, reserving at least 1 Tbsp. of bacon grease in the pan. Crumble bacon once cooled.
3. Add the sweet potatoes to the reserved bacon grease and saute over medium-high heat until browned, about 12 minutes. Add onion and peppers and saute until softened, 6 to 8 minutes more. Stir in the cumin and paprika and crumbled bacon. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
4. Make 4 little wells in the sweet potato mixture and crack an egg into each well. Season the eggs with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake until the sweet potatoes are tender and the eggs are set but the yolks are still soft, about 12 minutes. Garnish with green onion and cilantro and serve.
(Adapted from Joy of Kosher)