Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs

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Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs

Once you’ve learned to poach an egg, there are infinite possibilities for using it. And what better a way than for brinner? (Yes, that’s breakfast for dinner for those of you unfamiliar with this fine concept!)

This recipe caught my eye a while ago mainly because of the sweet potatoes, and they definitely made the dish!  They added a slight sweetness that complimented the other ingredients perfectly. Add a creamy egg yoke to the top and you’ve got a satisfying weeknight brinner!  While it was a bit more effort than our typical skillet meal, I’d definitely try it again…and maybe add a waffle for dessert?


Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4


  • 2 medium red potatoes
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 3 green onions
  • 4 eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Olive oil


  1. Peel the red potatoes and sweet potato and chop them into 1/2 inch chunks. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower it to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain the potatoes.
  2. Prepare the ingredients and equipment for the poached eggs.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, dice the red pepper and red onion. Chop the green onion.
  4. When the potatoes are finished boiling, heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet at medium high. Saute the red pepper and red onion for 3 minutes. Add the potatoes spread them into a thin layer. Cook until the potatoes start to brown, about 7 minutes.
  5. Poach the eggs and set aside while the potatoes are browning.
  6. Add the green onion to the potatoes and cook a few minutes more, until the onion is soft and the potatoes start to fall apart. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with a poached egg.


Adapted from Vegetarian Food Made Fast



  • Reply
    Nikki (Pennies on a Platter)
    January 27, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I just about reached through my computer screen and grabbed that fork to take a bite! :) Sweet potato hash? Sounds (and looks) fantastic!!!

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    Caramel Wings
    January 27, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Oh yes, me tooo.. That looks seriously yum. There are recipes that you have a look at and you think, ‘Okay I wanna try it’ but this ones like ‘Okay, I wanna try it right now’. So I’m gonna make me a portion! And beautiful plate too :)

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    January 27, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Oooh…you have me right on this one…my 2 favourite food there…sweet potatoes and eggs! Love it for breakfast…..very healthy. Beautiful picture.

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    January 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

    congrats on making the changes in your food choices and an even bigger congrats on deciding to learn some cooking skills! poached egg on sweet potato hash is great any time – breakfast, lunch or brinner!

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    January 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I love sweet potatoes…and to top it with a poached egg!! Diviiine.

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    January 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    nice pic and delicious recipe!

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    January 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    This looks so good. I like the idea of hash with sweet potatoes.

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    January 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    yummy breakfast looks wonderful

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    January 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

    “I like eggs and sweet potatoes”, so says my 3 year old son through his mouthful of waffles and I’ll have to agree with him! I love really light dinners like this that fill you up in such a satisfying way. My favourite way to serve eggs are in a bed of creamed spinach.

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    dining tables
    January 29, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I like poached eggs a lot. I can make them as my famous topping on almost anything.

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    Angela FRS
    January 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    That is my kind of dish! Looks delicious.

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    January 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Now this looks delish! I have a couple sweet potatoes and a Sunday morning coming my way. :)

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    Carla Meine
    January 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    We were thinking about going out for dinner when I clicked into your recipe from Foodbuzz. It looked so good that I went and check out my kitchen and found all the items but green onions. So this is what we had for dinner tonight. It was really good. Thanks so much for posting.

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