Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Hash Browns
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I’m not saying you’ll never make sweet potato hash browns another way after you try this recipe. All I’m saying is that you’ll question why you’ve been cramping your forearms with that bulky box grater.
This opens up a whole new world of easily prepping sweet potato hash browns in bulk to freeze for later or feeding your small army in a hurry.
And while you’re welcome to season your hash browns however you’d like, the sweet and spicy blend I’ve included in the recipe is a must try at some point!
How to Make Sweet Potato Hash Browns in A Food Processor
Sweet potatoes may be a complex carb, but this method for hash browns is as simple as it gets. All you’ll need to do is wash and chop the sweet potatoes into manageable pieces. Then add those pieces to a food processor and pulse a few times.
If you’re making a larger batch, you’ll want to split up this step for each potato unless you have a massive food processor.
You can get an idea of what your potatoes should look like after pulsing in the image below.
I like to leave the skin on my hash browns, but you’re welcome to peel the potatoes first. They give an added texture to the hash browns and have some nutritional value as well.
As for seasoning your sweet potato hash browns, you can use the blend from the recipe below or get creative. The only tip I’d give here is to stick to dry spices. Adding liquids will make it difficult to make crispy hash browns.
Whatever you decide to season your hash browns with, simply add it on top of the hash browns when they go in the pan, cover, and cook for five minutes. After that, uncover, cook a bit longer to make them extra crispy, and dig in!
Can I use white potatoes?
White potatoes will work fine, but I find they begin to oxidize much faster than sweet potatoes. If you’ve grated a potato and wondered why the color turned from white to brown, that’s the oxidation.
Grating into a bowl of water will prevent this, but the food processor doesn’t really afford that luxury. Just work quickly and don’t let the processed white potatoes sit in the food processor for long before cooking.
Can I freeze these sweet potato hash browns?
Totally! Add the processed sweet potato to a resealable bag and freeze. Just be sure to squeeze all the air out.
You can cook them from frozen but letting them thaw first is ideal. If you cook from frozen, reduce the heat to medium-low and extend the first stage of cooking (covered) by a few minutes. Then crank the heat up towards the end of cooking for crispy sweet potato hash browns!
Do I have to use the olive oil?
You can swap the olive oil for a bit of nonstick cooking spray to save a few calories and fat. Your hash browns will be a little less crisp, but you’re probably not after diner-style hash browns anyway.
I’ll also add that using the Swerve brown will create a great caramelization on its own. So if you’re using that, you could definitely get away with going oil-free.
Final Sweet Potato Hash Browns Notes
I’ve included a couple pairing ideas below the recipe card, but it’s hard to beat fried eggs and bacon. I like to fry a few slices of bacon before throwing in a couple eggs and covering the pan for a few minutes. This cooks the whites on top quickly but leaves the yolk nice and runny.
Now that we’ve hashed all that out, you’ll find the recipe card below. Be sure to let me know what you think about your new method for sweet potato hash browns!
Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Hash Browns
A method for making sweet potato hash browns with a food processor and a seasoning blend for spicy, crunchy, healthier hash browns.
- 1 medium (225g) Sweet Potato
- 1/2 Tbsp (8g) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp (24g) Swerve Brown or light brown sugar
- 1/4-1/2 tsp Chili Powder to spice preference
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Wash the sweet potato before chopping it into small pieces (about 8-10). If you're using a smaller food processor, you may want to chop them even smaller.
Use short pulses to create the sweet potato hash browns. Don't blend them continuously. If you have large chunks, empty the hash browns and add the larger pieces on their own.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat and mix the brown sugar, chili powder, salt, and black pepper together.
Add the hash browns to the pan and add the spices on top. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Uncover, flip the hash browns, and continue cooking for another 4-6 minutes. Bits and pieces should have slight charring and the hash browns should be tender and fully cooked.
Swerve with fried eggs, bacon, or your choice of pairings.
- Each serving has 5 Smart Points.
- Nutrition facts are without the carbs from Swerve Brown since they're a calorie-free, non-glycemic source.
- If you wanted to use cooking spray instead of the olive oil to save a few grams of fat, that should work fine just expect less crispy hash browns.
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These sweet potato hash browns would be a great side for my breakfast burgers.
They’d also serve as a perfect base for my breakfast chili!