Sweet Potato and Lardon Hash

in 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

Print this recipe!

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

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Natashia@foodonpaper October 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

I have to agree with all 5 points, especially number 4, and 3 – so far today I’ve spoken to my mum three times, and all times there was no need for the call.

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Heather Michelle October 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

Looks amazing! Such an appropriate fall dish. I love your blog by the way. Just found it on PW.

And I can totally relate to 4. My husband and I just spent the last of our food budget on an entire crate of Mexican Coke.

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Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Yay, so glad you found me! And Mexican Coke is seriously the only type of coke I drink. Delicious.

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Jessica @ How Sweet October 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

omg! i am also addicted to the san pellegrino aranciata. the good news is that i can only get them at whole foods which is like 45 minutes away. why aren’t we neighbors?

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chefroommate October 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

sweet potatoes vs. yams = confusing as all get out. especially because I know one of them always seems to be tastier, but I always end up buying the wrong one. ugh – frustration. Next time, I’ll just ask the store where the aranciata potatoes are.

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Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

HA! Totally do that! And then report back with what their response was.

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm

i’ve kind of been dreaming of hash for weeks now and have yet to make it. and p.s. they’ve been showing clueless nonstop on tv and i’m eating it up. every time my husband comes down and sees it on AGAIN he turns around and watches TV upstairs instead :)

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Marija from intwoo October 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

yay! looks yummy

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Katrina October 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Mmm love how you used sweet potato in this!

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Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy October 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I def agree with point number 3! When I lived 9 hours away I think I called my mom everyday! This recipe looks delicious by the way!

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DessertForTwo October 14, 2011 at 1:34 pm

1. I don’t like to share either, but I think I would share sour patch kids because then they make those sores in your mouth from too much sourness, and then when that boy kisses you….awkward!

2. Have we talked about Clueless before?! Omg favorite movie for life. Maybe because I watched it just at the right time in my life, but it has stuck. That, and Beetlejuice.

3. Me too. Me too.

4. I’d go broke for the lemon version.

5. Duh. JK. I’m a farmer, I have to know those types of things.

Happy Friday! :)

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Tia October 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I LOVE san pellegrino aranciata! This recipe looks delicious. We made something similar to it just the other night for dinner and I wish I would have thought to throw an egg on it. Next time. :)

BTW – made your zucchini fries recipe this week and they were a hit! :)

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Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Yes! So glad you like them!

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Puja October 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I’m right there with ya on the mom thing – my mom went out of town for 10 days and I.did.not.know.what.to.do. We don’t call that often but we chat online all day long while we’re at work, so not having her there was a huge issue for me.

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France October 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This is my kind of meal. ANything with a runny egg and a little bacon fat for flavor and I’m a happy girl!

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Tory October 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The Sour Patch Kids observations made me laugh out loud. Thank you, Adrianna! It’s the writing that makes your blog so rad (well, and the food… and the advice… and the gorgeous photos. It is a lot of things.)

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Adrianna October 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Thank you, Tory!!! xo

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Sue/the view from great island October 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Love this, especially with the hot sauce!

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Bev Weidner October 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm

i. need. this. in. my. life. and. mouth.

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Lillian October 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This looks SO comforting and delicious!

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Mel October 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

That looks like a perfectly poached egg! Sadly, those are hard to find!

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Teri Lyn Fister October 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Yum. This is my kinda breakfast for sho. Yum, yum yum.

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Abbie October 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm

You made my day with this post- it was going kind of crappy and you made me laugh, so a big thank you! Oh! And I am making this dish this weekend- totally craving it now, so thank you times 2!

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brandi October 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

omg, were you watching clueless last night, too? i love that movie.

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Pooja October 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Ha! I totally agree with everything you said, ESP calling my mom, oh and the shoe part….this looks delish without the bacon…

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Kierston October 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

My mom and I both read your blog and we were cracking up about you mentioning the excessive phone calls to your mom :)

Also, this recipe looks out of this world! Bacon, Potaotes, and Poached eggs…like my 3 favorite things

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Lisa @ The Cooking Bride October 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I remember watching “Clueless” in high school when it came out in theaters!! Ahh! So glad I’m not the only one that can still recite all the lines.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Kristy Swanson, not Sara Michelle) is another one.

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Hotly Spiced October 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

I’m with you on the shoes! And that poached egg looks incredible. Very well done.

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Kasha October 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

Sweet potatoes, onions, bacon and eggs? I’m swooning over here!

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Koko @ KokoLikes October 16, 2011 at 5:51 am

Most hilarious post EVER. The calling your mom thing, yup same with me… you crack me up!

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Meghan October 16, 2011 at 6:43 am

Totally addicted to the limonata sanpellegrino. And now I need to try the orange one!

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Amanda October 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

Adrianna, you make me laugh and I love it.
PS. This looks major delicioso.

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Jill October 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

This post was hilarious- and you are so right- especially about Clueless! Why I can still quote that movie is beyond me. PS- thanks for the recipe! I have a slight addiction to sweet potatoes (although I have no idea what makes them different from yams) :)

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Susan October 16, 2011 at 11:03 pm

This looks great. I am definitely putting it on my list of recipes to try. About how many people would this serve? I assume, since it’s 3 eggs, that the answer is about 3?

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Adrianna October 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Below the recipe I note that it serves two. I think it’d serve two hungry people and three sorta hungry people. 😉

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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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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 :)

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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 :)

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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

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Evelyn October 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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

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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!

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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!

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

c’est la whatevsies!

love it.

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