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Sweet Potato & Chile Hash with a Fried Egg

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Serves 6

In this quick dish, you've got some options. In the mayonnaise, it's best to use homemade salsa or the adobo sauce from a can of chiles in adobo. If you're pressed for time, a good store-bought salsa is fine, too, provided it’s medium-hot and not too chunky. Eggs cooked over easy work well in this recipe, but prepare them as you choose. And of course, the hash is great just on its own.

For the chile mayonnaise:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbs. salsa or adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the hash:
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 Tbs. olive oil; more as needed
  • 1 small onion, diced (to yield 1 cup)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced (to yield 1/2-cup)
  • 2 small fresh poblano or 4 Anaheim chiles (or other medium-hot chiles), cored, seeded, and diced (to yield 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 to 2 jalapeños, cored, seeded, and minced
  • 2 tsp. coarse salt; more to taste
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 sprigs fresh cilantro
Make the chile mayonnaise:

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, salsa, and lime juice; add the salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings; set aside.

Make the hash:

Cook the diced sweet potatoes in boiling salted water until firm-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain well and set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 Tbs. of the oil over medium heat. Cook the onion, red pepper, and diced chiles, stirring frequently, until all are well softened and the onion is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir in the garlic and jalapeños, cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. Increase the heat to medium and heat the remaining 3 Tbs. oil in the pan. When the oil is hot, add the sweet potatoes and cook, tossing frequently, until the edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Return the onion and pepper mixture to the pan, cooking until warmed through. Stir in the salt, cilantro, oregano, and lime juice; season with pepper to taste. Transfer to a warmed plate or bowl; cover and keep warm. Add more oil to the pan if needed. When the oil is hot, crack the eggs into the pan (in batches, if necessary) and fry them sunny side up or over easy; the yolks should still be runny. Divide the hash among six plates, top each portion with a fried egg, a dollop of the chile mayo, and a cilantro sprig. Serve at once.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings; Calories (kcal): 430; Fat (g): fat g 33; Fat Calories (kcal): 300; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 6; Protein (g): protein g 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 28; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 10; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 970; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 225; Fiber (g): fiber g 4;

Photo: Amy Albert

Love this!! Excellent flavors. Makes a nice dinner for a change of pace. This requires a lot of prep work but it comes together quickly once everything is ready to go. I also get less than 6 servings from this so plan accordingly.

This is a wonderful dish! Flavors are spot on and it's the perfect breakfast showstopper. The only thing I would say is the prep time is quite laborious with all the chopping. I made the hash and the mayo the night before to save time so that all I had to do was heat up the hash the next morning. Also, the recipe itself doesn't make a lot of hash once everything is cooked down, so, I almost always double mine. I also think I might try adding some chorizo sausage to the hash in the future.

Greaet brunch dish if you have time to prepare it. My brother in law made this a few years ago over a long Xmas weekend when we had a lot of family gathered together up in the mountains. Most were skeptical of this as a breakfast dish and everyone wanted to know what the back up plan was! It took a while for him to prepare - a lot of chopping is involved for a breakfast item. At that time and for our location we had trouble locating all the ingredients. It was phenomenal. Everyone had seconds. As I fondly recall this dish from a couple years ago, I'm making it again this weekend for a brunch surprise for a gathering of friends over this long weekend holiday.

Really good. Great flavors with the spicy chiles and sweet potatoes. Didn't really feel like it was 6 servings though, unless you had very small servings. At our house it was more like 3-4 servings. I did feel there was more oil than needed. I used the full amount, but next time will cut it back to 4T.

My son-in-law's special favorite. Lots of the ingredients are easy to make ahead (steam the sweet potatoes, cook onions and chiles) and I vary the chiles according to what I have on hand. I usually serve as a buffet dish with scrambled eggs rather than fried and haven't tried the mayo with it, but it is a great side. Works well with ham, too. Anne Gomes

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