Saturday, July 11, 2009

sweet potato hash brunch (csa week 2)

there's something to be said for making brunch at home. you don't have to brush your teeth to go outside or feel obligated to shower...but to really be satisfying, i think if you're going to go to the trouble, it has to be something beyond the ordinary eggs and toast routine, which by the way, seems much easier to do when veggies have taken over your fridge. the two items i was eying and revving to use? spinach and garlic scapes.

garlic scapes are pretty mystical with their long and curvy shape and bright green color. they taste like mild garlic with a firm texture. the taste wasn't quite as mild as i was expecting but was enough so that i wanted to use them in a dish where you could actually taste them. enter my farm fresh eggs! and the spinach and some swiss cheese. i just couldn't help myself. i sauteed the spinach separately, with some garlic and cooked the garlic scapes in the eggs, then threw everything together and added the swiss.

i needed a side. sweet potato hash seemed like it would do quite nicely. but actually i just happened to have some sweet potatoes around that needed to be used. the thing here that usually trips me up when it comes to pan-fried potato dishes is whether to parboil the potatoes beforehand or not. in this situation, it seemed a bit of overkill to have to break out yet another pan, so i decided to cut the sweet potatoes small enough so that they would cook. i also threw in a number of other things i just happened to have around (a leek, some red onion, and a shallot). let the hash cook long enough so that everything browns up nicely. if you're like me, this will take extreme self control. good luck!

sweet potato hash
  • sweet potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • red onion, chopped
  • shallot, minced
  • garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • some other veggies, if you would like (such as red pepper, leeks, etc.)
  • heat olive oil in pan.
  • add sweet potatoes first, since they will take the longest to cook. after a few minutes, add all other veggies.
  • let cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is browned up nicely.
  • serve with omelette, any other eggs, or eat alone.

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