NC Pork Belly and Sweet Potato Hash

Recipe by Matthew Register, Southern Smoke BBQ of North Carolina

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups diced pork belly (1 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover diced sweet potatoes in a baking dish and roast for 30 minutes until tender, but not fork tender. When finished, set aside.
  2. Heat skillet to medium heat, and place the pork belly onto a non-stick pan. Pan fry for about 5 minutes or until the pork belly starts to brown.
  3. Add brown sugar and sweet potatoes. Continue cooking for 4 minutes until sweet potatoes become tender.
  4. Add ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar nutmeg, parsley and sea salt to the skillet. Mix all ingredients and cook for 2 minutes.

#SweetShortcuts

Between work, social lives and just gettin’ some rest, sometimes it feels like having well-balanced meals aren’t an option.  But once again, sweet potatoes are here to save the day! We’ve rounded up the best #SweetShortcuts to make life a little bit easier and definitely more delicious.

bfast-potatoesCarrots ‘N’ Cake has a simple & easy way to give a kick to your ordinary potato hash! Featuring a mix of russet & sweet potatoes and garnished with steak seasoning, this big batch can last you through the entire week in any meal of the day. Crack an egg on top for breakfast or add to a veggie bowl for lunch or dinner. No time? No worries!

sp-burritoWe know meal-prep is all the rage these days, so we couldn’t help but want to share Kim’s Cravings‘ Sweet Potato Breakfast Burritos that are freezer-friendly. Got about an hour to spare on the weekend? Make these little guys, wrap in foil or plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. They’ll be waiting for you on your busiest morning when you’re on-the-go!

For more quick and easy ways to enjoy sweet potatoes, take a look at our “How-to” page! From cutting to baking, microwaving or  grilling, there’s so many ways to prep these spuds for a fast meal!

What are some of your favorite #SweetShortcuts? Tag us in your ideas for a chance to be featured for our #WhatWeDig!

Sweet Tater Shout Out: Breakfast to Dinner

What could be better than servin’ up our sweet spud all day? Our on-the-run Sweet Tater Ambassador, Carrots N Cake, shows us how it’s done.

Breakfast: Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes – for all those pancake lovers out there, look no further! These nutrient-rich pancakes don’t compromise on taste and they’re naturally gluten-free.

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Lunch: Sweet Potato and Blue Cheese Rice Bowl – the combination of sweet and savory will make you want to make this healthy comfort food dish all the time. Trust us!

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Dinner: Simple Sweet Potato Hash – throw it all in a pan and stir… it’s that easy, y’all!

Snack or Dessert: Morning Glory Muffins – these are a favorite on the Carrot N Cake blog since they pack so much nutrition into each bite. And they aren’t just for mornings!

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Stay tuned for more sweeeet recipes from our Sweet Tater Ambassadors.

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Eatin’ sweet taters? We’d LOVE to see, y’all! Share them with us using the hashtag #sweettaters and tag us.

Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs

Brunch is the thing to do Saturday and Sunday mornings in NYC. Because everyone is doing it, there is usually a line just about everywhere you go and it ends up being the center of your day. This weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a friend’s house for brunch. No line, no hustle and bustle of waitstaff swooshing by carrying coffee, bellinis, mimosas and OJs, just four of us on her balcony with homemade everything.

Besides coffee, bloody marys and popovers, my friend made a wonderful dish of baked eggs with sweet potato and sausage hash. She made the hash Saturday night and in the morning poured it into a cast iron skillet and made room for 8 eggs to be nestled in the hash. The whole thing baked in the oven in just a few minutes. What an easy dish to ensure that everyone gets a warm meal!

You can find the recipe and more on The Kitchn blog.