Sweet Potato and Lardon Hash

Breakfast, Dinner

This week mini-life lessons were just flying all around me. Wanna hear ’em?! Of course you.

1. If you go to the movies with a boy and he ends up eating ALL of your Sour Patch Kid–that you specifically wanted to buy yourself so you didn’t have to share–and you find yourself annoyed, he’s not the right dude for you. You should WANT to share your Sour Patch Kids, you know?!

2. I just watched Clueless for the bajillioninth time and just realized it came out in 1995…WHAT?! That’s SO long ago. How is it still so amazing?! How are the clothes still relevant?! How do I STILL know practically every line in that movie?!

3. I call my mom too much. The woman has been out of the country for a week and I’ve reached for my phone to text/call her, like, a million times. It makes me feel like an orphan. So now I just email incessantly. And I’ve tried to call my dad to talk…but he just presses ignore, I think.

4. Don’t get addicted to those San Pellegrino Aranciata orange soda things. I’ve bought two six-packs in the past two days and now I’m kinda poor. Don’t go poor because soda. That’s just silly. Everyone knows if you’re gonna go poor because of anything it should be because of shoes.

5. Sweet potatoes aren’t yams. But yams are sweet potatoes. WHAT?! Good gracious, USDA, do you understand how confusing you’re making me/the entire country?

C’est la whatevsies!! I say we give them a new name.

Sweet potato is kinda boring and obvi, no?

Clementine potato? Tangerine potato? Creamsicle potato? OMG! I have it:

Aranciata Potato.

It’s like if my San Pellegrino orange drink obsession and a sweet potato did it in the back of a car. And had a child. It would totally be a Aranciata Potato.

Now that we’ve settled on the future of sweet potatoes/yams, let’s talk this hash.

This magic starts with lardons. Basically lardons are slab bacon cut up into 1/4″ cubes. They’re kind of like bacon bits. But bigger. Kind of. Not really. Why is life so confusing!?

No but really, lardons are just slab bacon cut into thick bits. That’s all.

It’s starts with them getting crispy and well cooked.


I then cooked the sweet potato and onion and added a few spices. That cooked up in about 20 minutes. I added the red pepper and garlic and lardons back, poached a few eggs…and BOOM! delicious breakfast.

Pro tips:

If you wanna make it veggie, leave out the bacon.

If you wanna make it vegan, leave out the bacon AND egg.

If you dig spicy, add a dash of cayenne or hot sauce. I bet it’d be major.

Anyway you choose to spin it, it’s super easy and amazing.

And P.S. That whole Sour Patch kids didn’t happen to me. It happened to my best lady friend. I would never eat Sour Patch Kids. Those things create too much saliva and I start gleeking involuntarily. #disgusting

Sweet Potato and Lardon Hash

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1/2 pound slab bacon, sliced into 1/4-inch sticks
Olive oil
1 sweet potato, cubed
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 eggs, poached

In a cast iron skillet (or any skillet), over medium-high heat, add the lardons and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Using a slotted spoon, remove the lardons and transfer to a paper towel to drain. Set aside.

Add a tablespoon of olive oil and when hot, add the sweet potato and yellow onion. Add the cumin, paprika, to the sweet potato mixture and mix. Stirring regularly, cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are cooked. Be sure to give the largest cubes of sweet potato a taste to make sure they’re thoroughly cooked.

Add the red bell pepper to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes. Next, mix in the minced garlic and cook until it becomes fragrant. Taste for salt and pepper and add what you think it necessary.

Place over low heat to keep warm while you poach the eggs. Add the lardons back to the hash and toss. Top with 3 poached eggs and serve.

Serves 2

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  • Reply carly {carlyklock} October 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    c’est la whatevsies!

    love it.

  • Reply Emily October 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe! I tried it out and found that the onions got a little burnt when I put them in the with the sweet potatoes. I’d suggest putting them in the skillet later with the peppers maybe. I’d also suggest using the same skillet you cooked the bacon in to cook the sweet potatoes. The leftover grease was better than olive oil for seasoning and preparing the sweet potatoes (although much less healthy, I’m sure!). Full summary of my attempt to recreate your recipe here: http://sweetsoutherncomfort.com/. Thanks again – I love your blog!

  • Reply Carissa October 18, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Every tip in this post had me nodding my head in agreement. But when I got to the Aranciata Potato I really nodded it. That’s incredible! Love the creativity. Plus it makes me think of the time we were in Italy and Dad and I could not get my mom to pronounce arancia, no matter how much we tried. She wanted to buy one from the fruit stand and wound up having to pick one up and just hand it to the guy. Good thing she didn’t encounter an aranciata potato!

  • Reply Evelyn October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Umm, i want to leave work and go make this right now!

  • Reply yummy supper October 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Okay Adrianna, this will be my brunch dish for next weekend. My husband will swoon!
    -E

  • Reply Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) October 17, 2011 at 6:47 am

    1. i’m totally addicted to aranciata i can’t get enough it is my go to drink

    2. totes making this for bfast tomorrow 🙂

  • Reply Dana B October 17, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Re calling your Mom too much; just do so; she’ll love it 🙂 Live for the day. You don’t know when she won’t be around to call 🙁 Back to cheerier thoughts — your post is hysterical and the recipe yummy!! The kids won’t like the bell and onion, but that means more for me and my hubby 🙂

  • Reply Carrie October 17, 2011 at 1:12 am

    #3 is so true! My parents went to Italy for 3 weeks in September and I didn’t know what to do with myself–I also used hardly any minutes at all and barely heard my customized ringtone. They weren’t even answering email so I spent my time talking to my sister way more.

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