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Shirred Eggs with Vegetable Hash and Smoked Cheddar

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 to 6

In this single-skillet supper, eggs are cracked over a tender sweet potato and zucchini hash, which is then topped with smoked Cheddar and broiled.


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne; more to taste
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 oz. smoked Cheddar, coarsely grated (about 1-1/2 cups)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 310
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 22
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 275
  • Sodium (mg): 530
  • Carbohydrates (g): 14
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 15


  • Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high.
  • Working in two batches, pulse the sweet potatoes, carrots, and zucchini in a food processor until chopped, with pieces no larger than almonds in the mix. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Heat the oil and butter in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until the butter melts and the foam subsides. Add the vegetables and the sage and cook, stirring often, until tender and golden-brown in spots, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and season with the cayenne and 1-1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Smooth the surface of the hash and crack the eggs over it, leaving a little space between each egg. Season each egg with salt and pepper and broil until the whites are set, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the Cheddar evenly over the eggs and hash and broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly before serving.


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Reviews (15 reviews)

  • pastatx | 01/26/2020

    This was very good as written. I wasn't sure about the combination of flavors, but fear not...this is good. It was tasty and filling. Enjoyed it.

  • VAPAT | 01/17/2020

    Well, I agree with some and disagree with other previous reviewers. When I read the recipe I thought that, as a general mater, it was a good idea but it was going to be too bland and that it needed some additional spice and meat. So, I upped the amount of salt and cayenne and added some black pepper. I also added some diced ham after the veggies were sauteed. I didn't like the idea of shirred eggs under the cheese layer so I whipped up the 8 eggs and poured them over the veggie mix and puffed up and browned the eggs under the broiler. I don't like smoked cheese, so I used sharp cheddar, sprinkled with Hungarian paprika. In the end, I retained much of the original recipe, but I think my changes were for the better. It tasted pretty good.

    Next time, I think I'll do away with the sweet potato and substitute diced pumpkin. I may also add onions and red pepper.

    Sorry to do this to the original recipe, but it looked like it needed help.

  • Optera | 04/07/2018

    This was excellent, really quick and surprisingly flavorful

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