Fall Fest: Cumin-Scented Sweet Potato Hash

Cumin-Scented Sweet Potato Hash

I was really looking forward to making a sweet potato pie this week for Fall Fest.  I’ve never made one and I’m pretty sure that I’ve never even tasted a sweet potato pie.  Yes, it’s a shame, and I’m hoping to remedy the situation soon. But you may have noticed that I have been baking (and eating) a lot of desserts lately.  And after yesterday’s amazing Praline-Pumpkin Cake, I just couldn’t bring myself to bake a pie.

I need a break from sweets!

I’ve found that I really prefer savory sweet potato dishes to sweet ones anyway, so this warm and spicy sweet potato hash is right up my alley.  I kept it really simple – onions, sweet potatoes, and a few choice spices.  You can certainly gussy it up with more stuff if you wish, but I really loved the way these turned out.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potatoes and Onions

Cumin-Scented Sweet Potato Hash

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 4 cups)
1 medium onion, halved and cut crosswise into thin slices
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch of crushed red pepper
kosher salt, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (optional)

Heat a large skillet over medium to medium-low heat.  Add olive oil and butter and swirl around pan.  When butter is melted, add sweet potatoes, onions, and a generous pinch of salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender and starting to brown, 15-20 minutes.  Once potatoes are tender and lightly browned, sprinkle in the cumin and smoked paprika and cook, stirring, for another minute.  Add a pinch of crushed red pepper, stir, then season with salt to taste.  Remove potatoes from heat and stir in parsley or other fresh herbs of your choice.  Serves 2 – 3.

More Sweet Potatoes from the Fall Fest Gang:

How You Can Join Fall Fest 2010

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Summer/Fall Fest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit – I missed this one!
8/25: Tomatoes
9/1: Sweet and Spicy Peppers
9/8: Garlic
9/15: White (or colorful “white”…but not sweet) Potatoes
9/22: Spinach
9/29: Apples
10/6: Fall Salads
10/13: Pumpkin + Winter Squash – I missed this one!
10/20: Pears
10/27: “Mad Stash” (as in what you’re shoving in freezer/jars/dehydrator, etc.)
11/3: Root veggies
11/10: Brassicas: incl. Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage or other
11/17: Sweet Potatoes
11/24: Bounty to be Grateful For

  1. Katie

    Oh my goodness, I love savory sweet potato dishes and this looks incredible 🙂 Throw some chorizo in the mix and plop a fried egg on top and you’ve got one killer brunch!

    5:47 am  Nov 17th, 2010
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  3. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday

    Mmm this sounds like an awesome side dish!

    8:05 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  4. Rachel

    Here here to the break from desserts. I’d love this hash for dinner with a frittata and a salad!
    I’m bummed that I didn’t get my act together to do a sweet potato dish for Fall Fest this week. But…I did make a yummy twist on sweet potato pie a while back that I’m itching to make again! http://blog.muffinegg.com/?p=83

    8:08 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  5. the blissful baker

    yum! i prefer sweet dishes over savory, but this looks delicious!

    8:29 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  6. Heathercicle

    Looks delicious!

    8:46 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  7. Gina @ skinnytaste

    Nicole, this looks incredible! I love the addition of cumin here.

    8:59 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  8. Roxan

    Hmm… savory or sweet sweet potato dishes. It’s so hard to pick which one I like. I don’t have any kids but it’s probably like trying to pick your favorite 😉 Oh well, I am an equal opportunity lover when it comes to food. This looks great! It looks like something you could even wrap up in a tortilla and eat on the go as a wrap.

    9:02 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  9. Louise

    i wish you were my neighbor… i would stand outside your window like the wolf in the cartoons~ waiting until you turned your back… no seriously i can smell this cooking – i bet it was better than pie. my chips were fab! barely could get them photographed

    9:04 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  10. life + kitchen

    Yum! This looks great. I will definitely have to make it for my husband. Thanks!

    9:32 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  11. Eva

    This looks really great! I love potato hash…I’m going to try this tonight with soft poached eggs ontop! mmmm Thanks 🙂

    11:13 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  12. Paula - bell'alimento

    Nicole this is heavenly. We ADORE sweet potatoes and I’m picking up some next trip to the market just to make this hash! Swoon!

    11:35 am  Nov 17th, 2010
  13. Julie

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, Nicole. Check out my recipe for Sweet Potato Soufflé at http://julie-recipes.blogspot.com/2010/10/fall-fest.html

    1:20 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  14. Andrea

    Ooh! I want to make this! So colorful and festive. 🙂

    1:51 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  15. Leah

    I second the egg on top idea – I’d do my poached rather than fried though. Might have to try this soon!

    2:52 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  16. Kalynskitchen

    That sounds just wonderful. I love savory sweet potato dishes.

    4:06 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  17. Amy

    Love beautiful and tasty!

    My contribution to fall fest this week is oatmeal sweet potato muffins: http://savorymomentsblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/oatmeal-sweet-potato-muffins.html

    5:44 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  18. Laura

    That looks totally delicious! I have to make it!

    7:20 pm  Nov 17th, 2010
  19. Karly

    I don’t usually care for sweet potatoes, but that looks amazing!

    8:56 am  Nov 18th, 2010
  20. Kathleen

    Those flavors sound perfect. Sweet potatoes for all meals would be a good idea. http://dejavucook.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/baked-sweet-potatoes/

    2:57 pm  Nov 18th, 2010
  21. Chris

    Nice. I’m down to give this one a whirl.

    8:00 pm  Nov 18th, 2010
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  24. Lauren

    I have just started cooking things with more than 2 ingredients, and this was delicious and super easy to make. I paired it with cornbread actually crumbling the cornbread over the hash and it was great! Thanks.

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