Tuesday, December 15, 2015

paleo hash browns (sweet potatoes!)

I'm going to be honest, I miss potatoes just a stupid amount since we started our paleo diet. Like, a lot. My kids love potatoes, and a giant breakfast of hash browns and eggs was a family staple. Thank goodness you can have sweet potatoes. I mean, I realize you're supposed to keep that to a minimum, and we do, but when the craving hits for starches sweet potatoes have been a life saver.

Today, I'm going to share one of my easiest and go-to recipes for our new paleo diet: Sweet Potato Hash Brown Patties. You'll thank me, I promise.

To be clear, this recipe does not call for yams, it calls for sweet potatoes. That may be kind of weird to say, but most Americans consider 'yams' and 'sweet potatoes' to be pretty much interchangable. They are, in fact, different kinds of potato. Yams are what we normally call 'sweet potatoes; red or dark orange inside and sweet enough to turn into custards and that amazing mashed sweet potatoes and marshmallow thing that people serve at Thanksgiving. 

So, actual sweet potatoes are similarly shaped, but are nearly white inside. They're a dryer, more starchy potato and work better then yams for making hash browns because low moisture content makes them crisp up much easier. This recipe can also be made with actual yams, but it's harder to do and less crispy overall. 

Paleo Hash Browns Recipe


2-3 sweet potatoes**
1/4 cup flax seed meal
4 eggs
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
*optional: very thinly sliced onion, about half an onion


1. Skin and shred your potatoes. If you have a food processor this is easy, if you're me you have a cheese grater and it takes forever. But anything for hash browns! Place your shredded potatoes on a paper towel and pat the moisture out of them. Less moisture = crispier hash browns.

2. Pour your olive oil into a large pan, and warm it to a medium high temperature.

3. While you wait for your olive oil to heat up, combine your potatoes, eggs, flax seed meal, salt and pepper (and onions if you want! Which...um...is delicious.) Mix thoroughly so that the potatoes are fully coated by the flax and egg mixture.

4. Once your oil is heated, you're going to take a large mixing spoon full of potato mixture and place it in the oil. Let it sit and solidify for a moment, then gently flatten it with a spatula. Cook until the eggs are set and the potatoes are golden brown on one side (about five minutes), then flip and let the other side get crispy.

5. Pull your potatoes out of the oil and serve! We like to have these as is, with maybe a side of fried egg. It's not the lowest fat paleo dish ever, but my goodness is it delicious!

I hope this kills your potato craving as effectively as it killed mine! And if you're looking for more paleo dishes you can check out my cook page

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  1. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite, thanks for the recipe, I try and avoid potatoes. Joe http://www.mydaddoes.com/2015/12/10/how-to-use-airline-rewards/

  2. Hey Jessica,
    Looks wonderful and seems simple enough to make. Will be giving this a try soon.
    From #WHW party.