Easy Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Easy Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Evan, my 9-year-old, has been inspired by our recent explosion of Christmas decorating to ask me all kinds of questions about my pal Santa Claus.

Yesterday, while selecting our AMAZING Christmas tree (seriously… last year our tree was a hot mess; we bought it from a place that donated the proceeds to the Humane Society so that was great, but all the trees on the lot were total rejects. This year we have completely made up for it), Evan presented me with a question:

“Mommy, since we don’t have a chimney or a fireplace, can we leave the door unlocked for Santa Claus, you know just to make sure he can get in?”

We’ve been in this house for 3 Christmases so far- this will be our 4th. It has never had a fireplace and Santa has managed to get in every time, no problem. So that’s what I told my little guy with lots of assurances to not worry. But what’s on MY mind is why is he so worried? Is he asking Santa for some kind of phenomenal gift this year that I am as of yet unaware (Dear Santa, If you read this blog and know something I don’t, then help a mommy out -okay? Okay.)? Was he more naughty than nice and feeling kinda worried about it? I need to know.

Easy Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

Then this morning Evan asked me why don’t Chad and I get presents from Santa?

So then I had to explain that Santa brings presents to all the good boys and girls which is like A LOT of people. If we add in all the good grown-ups too then Santa would likely never get it all done in time. I think the last time I got a present from Santa I was maybe 16 or 17, though he DOES put chocolate in my stocking every year (and for that, Santa, I am eternally grateful).

Evan thought about that one for awhile, no doubt mulling over his next set of Santa Claus questions. He is already planning what kind of cookies we will make for Santa this year, and wants to know if maybe Santa might like hot chocolate instead of milk? Oh! Also he is lobbying for reindeer food. Does anybody know what magical flying reindeer eat?

Easy Bacon Sweet Potato Hash
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Serves: 4
  • 8 slices lean bacon, cut in half
  • 1½ cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-4 cups sweet potatoes (about 3 medium sized sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 4 eggs
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cubed sweet potatoes and cook for about 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet cook the bacon until crisp. Set it aside on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  3. Drain the excess grease out of the skillet, leaving only about a tablespoon. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until caramelly and soft.
  4. Sprinkle the onion with the kosher salt and add in the sweet potatoes.
  5. Cook the sweet potatoes and onions for about 8 more minutes, until the sweet potatoes take on a dark caramelly color and are soft. Drizzle them with the olive oil, toss once or twice more in the pan, and divide the sweet potato hash between 4 plates.
  6. Spray a small egg pan with the non-stick cooking spray and cook the eggs however you like them (I like mine over medium).
  7. Place one egg on the hash on each plate, divide up the bacon, and serve immediately.

We are eating LOTS of sweet potatoes around here lately. Today we had them for a brunch-ey sort of meal with runny eggs and bacon. Totally delicious -for US. Because I’m pretty sure the reindeer are vegetarians.



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  1. says

    Your son is so precious, keep the spirit going! Hey Santa did not leave chocolates in my stockings… I am going to have to follow up on that. Your breakfast is so comforting and would keep you going all morning long- maybe until dinner. Have fun decorating your tree. Take care, BAM

    • says

      Definitely follow up on the stocking chocolate- it’s a mommy perk. We deserve it! My little guy just melts my heart with the things he says. Love that pure Christmas spirit. This breakfast MIGHT fill up your house full of hungries… worth a try!

  2. Deanna says

    According to our research, flying reindeer eat sugar cookies. Lucky them! But we also toss some baby carrots in the yard to balance out their diet. Everybody needs some fiber :-)

    • Jenn Roy Sharkey says

      A friend of mine and her husband go totally off the reservation with X-mas stuff for their kids, they even make reindeer hoof prints outside their house and into their kitchen… Santa always brings one of his reindeer in for a treat! Remember, if you use the above recipe, you’ll need some hoof prints to make it believable!

  3. free penny press says

    reminds me of all the years my kids would ask me those types of questions.. wish i had of recorded a few of those conversations (*hint*)..
    breakfast looks yummy as I am a “eat breakfast anytime of day” person!!

    • says

      I take candid photos and recordings all the time- my favorites are when they are in trouble for something. Omg so funny. I eat breakfast at all hours- it really is my favorite!

    • says

      Sweet potatoes were on sale for like 20 cents a pound or something so I got a little crazy, but I am loving them! And there really is no better way to eat an egg.

  4. says

    Ooops I read these backwards hahahahahaha I love the hot chocolate idea for Santa…that sounds delicious!! I love the hot chocolate they make in the movie Santa Claus haha Looks so damn chocolately!!! I have no idea what reindeer eat but perhaps some yummy oatmeal cookies? haha Yum!!!!! Christmas must be so much fun with little kids!!! They’re so cute!!!

  5. says

    Such a sweet boy! Good job at keeping him believing! We always told our kids that the Santa gifts stopped coming if you don’t believe in him anymore, My 18 and 22 year old still believe 😉 LOVE sweet potatoes! IOU hash looks delicious!!

  6. says

    This is a brilliant weekend-brunchy-breakfast! As for reindeer food…
    One of my mine and my mum’s favourite stories about when I was little is about reindeer food. Each year, we would leave Santa a glass of whisky (or similar) and a mince pie, and a carrot for Rudolph. That is, each year until I watched Santa claus the Movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089961/ in which the reindeers eat magic moss. So, that Christmas Eve when my mum asked me did I want to go and carrot for Rudolph, my reply was “No, because reindeer don’t eat carrots. they eat moss.” So, my mum (being amazing) went out into our garden (in the middle of december, in the middle of the night) and got a load of moss from the lawn, put it on a plate and left that for rudolph instead!

    • says

      That is adorable! Your mom is awesome. I think we’re gonna try oats and sparkle sugar. Evan is waaaaay into it. Now I just have to find an elf hat.
      I love that movie The Santa Clause. If you don’t come away from THAT with a little Christmas magic there’s a problem! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the one you linked, though. We watched A Charlie Brown Christmas the other night with giant cups of hot chocolate piled with marshmallows… it was GREAT!! I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and my bff Abominable Snowman. Can’t wait!!


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