Hash-Browned Golden Beets and Yams

Hash-Browned Golden Beets and Yams

Hash browns are a favorite weekend breakfast staple for many people across North America, but there's no reason just to use potatoes — beets, sweet potatoes, yams and squash are delicious hashed and browned as well. Because of the high sugar content of sweet potatoes, yams or squash, they must be stirred constantly to avoid burning and and they don't crisp up as well as potatoes. But used side by side with potatoes or beets in a hash, they provide a wonderful contrast in not only flavor but texture as well.

My favorite variation is hash-browned golden beets and yams — the beets, cooked lightly ahead of time, are firm, crisp and browned while appearing to nestle in a bed of mashed and browned yams. Red beets work just as well as golden beets, of course, but their color tends to bleed through all the other ingredients. Because of the comparatively strong flavors of beets and yams, I don't like to mix them with too many spices or other flavorings like you might with potatoes — a little onion, garlic, salt and pepper are all I find that need to be added.

Hash-Browned Golden Beets and YamsHash-Browned Golden Beets and Yams
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Published on November 30, 2007

Simple, colorful, nourishing and delicious breakfast hash-browned golden beets and yams

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 large golden beet, cooked only just through, peeled and diced
  • 1 yam, cooked, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wok over high heat. When hot, toss in the onions and fry, stirring frequently, for a few minutes or until they start to turn brown. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.

  • Add the diced beet, stirring pretty much constantly, for about 10 minutes until they are well-browned on all sides. Add the diced yam and continue to fry, stirring constantly and to the bottom of the pan to avoid sticking, for about 5 minutes to let the yam start browning.

  • Just before serving, stir in the salt and grind black pepper to taste over the hash.

Makes 2 servings

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