Okay, there is nothing that says you can’t eat this for lunch, dinner or a snack at anytime. I’m just calling it a breakfast hash so that the post title doesn’t look ridiculous. “Turkey, Sweet Potatoes and Apples” just doesn’t sound very exciting. This is one of my favorite little simple recipes that is very inexpensive and takes hardly anytime to make. Plus it only uses two skillets so you don’t have to mess with preheating an oven or cleaning junk off of a casserole pan.
My kids are big fans as well, I think the little bit of added sweetness from the cooked apples and sweet potatoes really makes this kid-friendly but WAY better than most standard breakfast options. You will want to make sure you use high quality turkey meat, I personally love the brand Diestel Farms, and if you choose to use a breakfast turkey or sausage it needs to be free from corn syrup and nitrates. It would ideally be free of any added sugars but those can be hard to find if you don’t live near a fancy natural grocery store.
First, get yourself some bacon grease or lard. If you don’t have bacon grease, take a moment and go cook up some bacon (put it in a cold oven, set the oven to 400 and cook for 20-25 minutes, so easy….you love me even more now huh?). If you don’t have any bacon then IS THERE NO JOY IN YOUR LIFE??? Just kidding. But seriously, let me know if we need to talk about this. Now get going to the store and buy some bacon or lard.
Next, cube the sweet potatoes and apples into about 1/2″ in size.
Using two cast iron skillets (stainless steel should work but it just tastes so much better on cast iron), put about a tablespoon of bacon grease/lard into each and heat to medium-high. Put the ground turkey into one skillet and the sweet potatoes (not the apples yet) into the other skillet. Add any seasonings you want. I like to use salt, pepper, sage, rosemary and thyme. Season both the sweet potatoes and the turkey liberally. Don’t screw with measuring, ain’t nobody got time for that and it’s just not necessary. Just eyeball it.
Cook the turkey until it is cooked through. Cook the sweet potatoes until they begin to soften. The sweet potatoes usually take a bit longer than the turkey. Add the sweet potatoes to the skillet with the turkey and lower the heat to medium or low.
Nobody needs to see a picture of partially cooked turkey. Just no.
Add the apples into the skillet that now contains the turkey and sweet potatoes. Add another helping of bacon grease or lard. Cover the skillet and cook until the apples have softened, usually about 5 minutes. NOTE: I sometimes add in fresh spinach at this step if I feel like I want some more green in my life. You can totally do this too!
All done! See how easy! And now for the pretty pic in a well lit, clean space that isn’t my kitchen. 🙂
Turkey, Sweet Potato and Apple Breakfast Hash
This is one of my favorite little simple recipes that is very inexpensive and takes hardly anytime to make. Plus it only uses two skillets so you don't have to mess with preheating an oven or cleaning junk off of a casserole pan. The turkey and bacon grease give you protein and fats that keep you satisfied longer and more sustained energy, while the sweet potato and apple give you some healthy complex carbs and fiber. A pretty well balanced little meal.
- 1 pound Ground Turkey or Breakfast Sausage
- 1 large Sweet Potato
- 1 large Red Apple
- 3-4 tbsp Bacon Grease or Lard
- 1/4 cup Spinach
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Rosemary
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp garlic
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Sage
Cube the sweet potatoes and apples into about 1/2" in size. Chop the spinach.
Using two cast iron skillets, put a generous tablespoon of bacon grease/lard into each and heat to medium-high. Put the ground turkey into one skillet and the sweet potatoes (not the apples yet) into the other skillet.
Add in your seasonings, seasoning both the sweet potatoes and the turkey liberally.
Cook the turkey until it is cooked through (5--7min). Cook the sweet potatoes until they begin to soften (7-10min).
Combine the sweet potatoes and turkey and lower the heat to medium-low.
Add the apples & chopped spinach into the skillet with the turkey and sweet potatoes. Add another generous tbsp of bacon grease or lard.
Cover the skillet and cook on medium-low until the apples have softened (5ish min)
This recipe is very easy to double or triple and then store for leftovers