This colorful one-pan sweet potato hash recipe is surprisingly simple with only five flavorful ingredients that will tickle your taste buds!
I grew up on a farm.
No, that’s not really quite right.
I grew up on an Amish farm, right in the middle of a small Amish community.
We were a tight-knit bunch, and did a lot of things together. Honestly, those things we did together were the highlights of my childhood.
One of those “things” was hog processing.
Everybody brought their pigs together, and we all worked together to process them.
One of the things I remember most vividly is dicing fat with a sharp, but quickly dulling knife, handing that knife back in and getting a freshly sharpened one frequently.
Several of us could easily spend an entire day dicing up the fat from 12-15 hogs, and that’s exactly what we did.
Then the fat was taken out to a huge cast iron kettle hung over an open wood fire to be cooked down. I honestly don’t remember how many gallons the kettle held, or if it was all cooked in one batch, or two – or three. I suppose it probably varied from year to year, depending on how fat the hogs, and how many there were.
But at the end of the two days it took to process all those hogs, we all took a pretty hefty bit of fresh lard home.
There in the Amish community, we were free from the stigma around lard. In fact, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I first heard any negative claims about lard consumption, and that caused me to do a little research.
Here are the facts I found about lard – good quality lard such as Armor Premium All-Natural Lard:
- Lard contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats which are said to lower LDL cholesterol
- Lard contains less saturated fat than butter
- Lard contains ZERO transfers like shortening
- Lard doesn’t smoke at high temperatures, and is flavorless, both of which make it ideal for recipes – especially for sautéing or roasting!
All of those things make lard one of the healthiest fats for cooking, and one of my personal favorite things about lard is the way it makes food crispy, flaky, and light depending on the application, and I love making healthy dishes with lard.
I’m so glad I grew up in an environment that gave lard the credit it deserves.
It’s been a while since I was at a good old fashioned pig-butchering, and while we do raise our own hogs, our slaughterhouse doesn’t send back the lard, so these days I find myself buying lard most of the time.
This particular recipe uses sweet potatoes to make a one-pan sweet potato hash that makes a great breakfast – or even dinner! – with no side dish required.
With ingredients like sweet potatoes, kale, and onions, it’s hard to imagine a healthier recipe to use with your healthy lard!
P.S. BOTH of my kids like this dish – which is an accomplishment for any dish – even though they complain a little bit when they see the kale. Silly kids. Just because it’s green doesn’t mean it will kill you.
One-Pan Sweet Potato Hash
- 3 Tablespoons Armor Premium All-Natural Lard
- 3/4 pound of sausage or kielbasa (the sausage I use is really lean, so keep that in mind when you’re adding fat to your skillet later)
- 1/2 of a large red onion, diced
- 3 cups peeled, diced sweet potatoes
- 2-3 large kale leaves, de-stemmed and chopped (about one cup)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put large skillet over medium heat
- Add lard and let melt
- Next, add sausage, and stir-fry with onions until just barely brown enough to be safely called done
- Add sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper
- Continue stir-frying until potatoes are just tender
- Add kale and stir-fry until kale is wilted
- Remove from heat and serve
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