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Hearty breakfasts don’t have to be heavy carb fests, and this recipe proves it. Eggs and bacon meet the veggie powerhouses of sweet potato and Brussels sprouts in this dish. It’s a hash that’s so much more than the traditional white potato mush many of us grew up with.
Bright, flavorful, and rich, this recipe brings it all to the table and makes a great brunch (or dinner) any day of the week. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 75 minutes
Cast iron is a great way to prepare the sweet potatoes in this dish, but if you don’t have a cast iron pan, toss the sweet potato cubes in the bacon fat and avocado oil mixture and roast them on a sheet pan like the Brussels sprouts are.
To get perfect sunny-side up eggs, watch the edges of the egg whites as they are cooking in the pan. The egg whites should start bubbling very gently as they turn from clear to white. Once the egg whites are nearly opaque, cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat. Continue cooking until the egg yolk reaches your desired consistency. If you like your egg yolks very runny, you may not even need to cover the pan at all.
If you don’t have a lid that will fit over your cast iron pan, use the underside of a sheet pan.
Preheat the oven to 375ºFahrenheit. Lay the bacon slices out on a parchment-covered sheet pan and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until they’re golden. Set aside the slices and pour the reserved bacon fat into a small cup or jar.
Slice the Brussels sprouts in half lengthwise and toss them in one tablespoon of bacon fat until all sides of the vegetables are coated. Lay the Brussels sprouts cut side down on a sheet pan (use the same sheet pan you baked the bacon on if you’d like). Roast the Brussels sprouts for 25-30 minutes. The undersides of the vegetables should be golden brown.
While the Brussels sprouts are roasting, add 1 tablespoon of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil to a seasoned cast iron pan and place it in the oven to heat for about 15 minutes. Cut off the ends of the sweet potatoes and peel them. Slice the sweet potatoes into ¾”-1” rounds or slices and make cubes out of them. Toss the cubes with a tablespoon of bacon fat and a pinch of salt and pepper. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven and pour the sweet potatoes into the pan. Arrange the cubes so they are in a single layer and not overlapping. Place the pan back into the oven for 25 minutes, then remove the pan and flip the sweet potatoes over. Roast for an additional 15-20 minutes or until they are soft and begin to brown. Carefully remove the sweet potatoes from the pan and set them aside.
Place the cast iron pan on the stovetop and add an additional ½ tablespoon of bacon fat. Heat the pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Crack the eggs into the pan one at a time so they have their own space in the pan and are not touching one another. Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook 2 eggs at a time. Allow them to cook and bubble for 30-45 seconds or until the outer parts of the egg whites start to set (this time will depend on how hot your pan is). Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for an additional minute or so, or until the egg white is fully set and the yolk is cooked to your liking. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the eggs to cool for a few minutes before using a spatula to remove the eggs. If you prepared 2 eggs the first time around, repeat these steps with the second batch of eggs.
Chop the bacon slices and gently combine the pieces with the Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. Arrange some baby arugula in a serving dish or the cast iron pan, and spoon the vegetable mixture on top. Carefully lay the eggs on top of the vegetables. Remove some leaves from a sprig of thyme and garnish the dish with the thyme and a sprinkle of black pepper.
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