Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sweet Potato Hash

Image originally from Martha Stewart Living

I made this dish for my most recent book club meeting. We had read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. In it, the main character, Peekay, says:

“There is something about a sweet potato that cheers you up when you are low and celebrates with you when you are happy. Sweet potatoes baked in their jackets have a very large comfort factor built into them.”

I adore sweet potatoes, so I quite agree with Peekay. And, this recipe illustrates those sentiments exactly.

1/2 lb bacon (make sure it's real slab bacon, not the stuff you get prepackaged in the lunch meat section)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 lb. sweet potatoes or yams, peeled, cut into 1/2'' cubes
1 t. dried thyme leaves

Fry the bacon over steady med-low heat until just crispy enough for your taste. Remove the bacon and place on paper towel-lined plate to cool. Turn the heat up to med. Add the onion and bell pepper. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Cook until vegetables are soft. Stir in the sweet potatoes. Cover for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, chop the bacon into bite-sized pieces. Stir in bacon and thyme. Adjust seasoning. Serve hot. Makes six side servings or four main dish servings.

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