• Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

    Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash |stupideasypaleo.comSometimes inspiration can come from anywhere if you’re open to it, and this one is no exception. I stopped by the local Whole Foods yesterday after stalking looking up the calendar of my favorite food truck,Β Not So Fast Food. The owners, Bob and June, 1) cook some damn tasty food; 2) completely get the Paleo / Primal way of life; and 3) are the nicest freaking people on the planet. After chatting with Bob, he gave me a taste of a new dish he’s working on and while I can tell you thisΒ isn’tΒ exactly same, this recipe is inspired by what he gave me. Consider it a little treat of those of you who may never get to San Diego to visit.

    I *did* add a dash of pure maple syrup as a finishing touch, but please feel free to omit if you’re on a Whole30, 21 Day Sugar Detox or similar. One way to speed this dish’s prep time is to shred a few sweet potatoes and store them in the fridge.

    I used a shredding blade on my food processor but you could use a box grater or even dice them very finely by hand. I prefer to cook my bacon separately; instead, you could render the chopped bacon and then use that fat to fry the potatoes. Ghee makes it taste better to me so that’s what I use instead.

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    Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash
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    Serves: Serves 2
    • 2 cups of shredded sweet potato or yams
    • ½ an apple, chopped
    • 3 pieces bacon, chopped
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp pure maple syrup, optional
    • Sea salt to taste
    • 2 tbsp ghee, bacon fat, or fat of choice
    1. In a skillet over medium heat, render / cook the bacon until it's crispy. You can save the fat to cook the rest of the ingredients or pour off the fat and start over with a spoonful of ghee, coconut oil, etc.
    2. Add the sweet potato to the pan, cooking on medium heat until they begin to get golden brown.
    3. Add the apples and stir until they soften, about 3-4 minutes.
    4. Season with the maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt, to taste.
    Omit maple syrup for Whole30.
    Bonus: For a one-skillet meal, remove the hash to a plate, then quickly wilt some spinach. Remove the spinach to the same plate, then fry or scramble eggs in the same pan.

    Equipment needed:
    Cutting board


    What’s your favorite breakfast for a lazy Sunday?

    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    44 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

    1. We just made this and it was incredible!!! I have to admit that it was WAY out of my comfort zone. I did not think it would taste good, but I was dead wrong. Amazing is the only way to describe it. We did put 2 fried eggs over the top. The combination of sweet and salty put my taste buds into overdrive. We are going to make this for the kids. This is going to be a definite staple in the Sutherland household.

      1. Hey Bo and Stacey! Thanks for taking a chance and putting some faith in me πŸ˜‰ I’m really, really happy to hear that you guys loved it so much. I made this again for breakfast today and had it with eggs, too! I’ll bet that the kids are going to like it.

    2. Please, please, please have the option to format your recipes for printing. Yes I know I can copy and paste into another program and then print the recipe only but frankly I seldom feel it’s worth the trouble especially if I’m on my iPad. Other bloggers do this so I know it can be done.

    3. Do you pre-cook the sweet potatoes before pan frying them? I’m getting the idea from your recipe that you grate them while they’re still raw, and then put them directly into the pan for frying. This sounds so delicious that I have to try it.

    4. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the bacon and the Paleo menu. The bacon that I’m finding in Austin has a sugar as an ingredient. I didn’t find any Applewood products without it. Do you think it’s a negligible amount?

      1. Hi Lisa…great question. I usually think of bacon as a condiment and try to stick to just a couple pieces at a time. I’m not an “eat a pound of bacon at one sitting” girl. Applegate contains sugar from what I know (most brands do). If it’s far down on the ingredients list it won’t usually contain a lot.

    5. I’m in San Diego and am a food truck junkie! I haven’t seen the one you mentioned. Ever since going Paleo I have been missing going to food truck gatherings.

    6. I’ve made this hash several times, but I just made this for my parents and little brother for breakfast for the first time – I’m trying to get them to hop aboard the Paleo train. They absolutely LOVED this dish. I was hoping for leftovers, but they practically licked their plates clean. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

      1. Getting the family on board is HUGE! Looks like you’re taking the first step. Very well done, Saylor! You’re so welcome.

    7. I love this! I recently completed my first Whole30 and am so tired of eggs. I made this with sugar-free/nitrate-free bacon (from a local farm) and omitted the maple syrup. Topped it with 2 fried eggs and I love eggs again! Absolutely fabulous!

      1. Hi Kelli! Sometimes I get that way with eggs, too so I’m really happy you liked it. I honestly never use the maple either. I’m glad I helped renew your appreciation for eggs!

    8. This is everything my husband likes all together (except he’d like pancakes too). I wonder if I made it all up, made it into a little pie crust in muffin tins, add egg and bake… may have to try that. Cutting up some soft dates might make the syrup unnecessary?

    9. Due to celiac and food allergies to dairy, potato and corn in our household (plus one Weight Watcher), Paleo diet works great! Really appreciate the recipes and can’t wait to try this one (sweet potatoes/yams are OK!!!)

    10. Hi! I hope this isn’t a dumb question, but how long would the shredded sweet potato last in the fridge, if trying to shorten the prep time? Couple of days? Thanks!

      1. Definitely…they’ll last for a couple days, shredded. I often find the orange sweet potatoes do better when they’re shredded and allowed to sit in the fridge for at least a day because they dry out a bit and make a better hash!

    11. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, and finally had the time today for lunch! Super tasty with 2 scrambled eggs on top. I’m glad to read in another comment that the sweet potato can last in the fridge, as I may have grated a little too much… So breakfast tomorrow is now sorted! Thanks for the great recipes Steph! Can’t wait for the new cookbook!

    12. Hi Steph! This sounds amazing! The photo shows it with some eggs, in what looks like hash ‘nests’, but the recipe doesn’t mention any eggs. Did you oven bake those? I’m sure it would be lovely with fried or scrambled eggs on top, as other commenters have said, but I’m intrigued how you did it for the photo? Thanks!

      1. Hi Sarah,

        The eggs are totally optional πŸ™‚ I usually make a little nest in the hash and drop the raw egg in. Then I cook for a few minutes with a lid on.

    13. This looks amazing! I am pretty new to the paleo (AIP) world. But I am also a college student so I try to do a big cooking fest at the beginning of every week so I can have food prepared in advance. If I wanted to make a large amount of this recipe (without eggs of course) would it do well if I froze it or would it be fine to store in the fridge for a few days? PS- I just made a meal plan consisting of only your recipes, you are incredible!

      1. Hi Danielle,

        You’re on it, girl! And thank you so much (*blush*)! I wish you all the best on your journey. πŸ™‚

    14. What did I do wrong? This was by far the most time intensive piece of my families dinner. Half the potatoes burned into the pan and the other half turned into mashed sweet potatoes. I used the bacon grease and I even used extra ghee as my bacon wasn’t very fatty.
      Is there some potatoe secret that wasn’t published that most Paleo people already know?

      1. How much did you add to the pan? If you put too many potatoes or the pan is too small (or the head is too high) the potatoes will burn on the bottom but steam in the middle.

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