Sweet Potato Hash... The Other Yams?

With so much going on these days, we are happy we only need to bring ONE dish to the family Thanksgiving meal. This year we are going out on a limb and trying something different. Instead of the standard mashed yams smothered in gooey, melty marshmallows, (although that does sound really good!) we are going to try a savory but still sweet, Sweet Potato Hash.

We accidentally created this dish a couple months ago and we both fell in love with its sweet and savory flavors with just a tiny bit of heat from the jalapenos. It is certainly a dish to enjoy all year round.

Let's just hope Aunt Marilyn will forgive us.....she loves those sweet marshmallows!

Sweet Potato Hash

Makes 8 servings

3 large sweet potatoes, diced into small cubes
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 cups sweet onion, coarsely chopped
2 green peppers, coarsely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, finely diced (remove seeds for less heat)
4 cloves of roasted garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice
2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped


Bring large pot of water to a boil and add diced sweet potato. Boil for 5-8 minutes, until potato cubes are cooked through. Drain the water and set the sweet potato cubes aside to dry while you cook the pepper and onions.

In a large cast iron skillet, heat 1 tbsp. of oil and add the onion, garlic, green peppers and jalapeno. Stir often and sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.

Drizzle another tbsp. of oil to the skillet then add the cubed sweet potatoes, salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice and fresh herbs, combine well.  Keeping the skillet at medium heat, arrange the hash in a single layer and continue cooking until potatoes, onions and peppers have slightly browned.

Wishing you and yours a very fulfilling and grateful holiday season!


  1. Woah as good as this looks I would be missing those marshmallows. I would love this with breakfast the next morning. It looks delicious!

  2. This looks amazing. I love sweet potatoes!! I was planning on doing a whole sweet potatoes series this week. Now you have really inspired me with this delightful dish. :)

  3. I love all the flavors you have going on here!! I'm a huge sweet potato fan and I can get them by my husband if they are filled with things like you have filled these with. Going high on my list!

    Was thinking of you the other day... we went to the SD Food and Wine Festival... that was you that went last year, right? I remember being envious! We had a wonderful time, however I don't think I've been that full in months. Super fun!

  4. Tiff, looks good. And a great idea for brunch too. Hope you had a great holiday:)

  5. I would really take this over the marshmallow one. Just not really a fan of them. But your recipe looks yummy enough for any meal not just special occasions. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is fantastic! My husband absolutely loves yams and has spent most of today talking about his extreme craving for some yams in his life... These are going to be on his plate tomorrow evening and I am sure they'll satisfy his craving!


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