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Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and harissa paste

Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Harissa Paste

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Breakfast, Eggs, gluten-free
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Moroccan


Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Eggs and Harissa Paste – a delicious, North-African inspired, one-skillet breakfast that is bursting with flavor!   Gluten Free


2 medium yams or sweet potatoes ( or 6 cups ½ inch diced)
35  tablespoons Harissa paste ( see recipe below, or use store bought)
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs- poached or fried
23 Merguez sausages (or sub chorizo, or soy chorizo)
½ onion, sliced ( optional)
Fresh Cilantro leaves

Harissa Paste
make 1 ½ Cups
4 oz dried chilies – (an assortment mild, med, hot, smoked)
68 garlic cloves
1 T cumin seeds
2 tsp caraway seeds
1 T coriander seeds
3 T olive oil
1 ¾ tsp kosher salt
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 tsp smoked paprika ( optional)


400 F oven
Scrub and dice yams or sweet potatoes ( I leave the skin on) into small, uniform ½ inch cubes. In a large bowl, toss with a few tablespoons Harissa paste. ( Each harissa is different, so taste as you add) My version is mild so I add quite a bit…5-6 tablespoons. Yours may be too spicy to add that much. If very spicy, dilute with olive oil. Make sure sweet potatoes are coated well. Salt and pepper to taste. If using store bought harissa, check that it contains some oil. If not, make sure to add a little oil when tossing – so the potatoes crisp up in the oven.

Place on a parchment liked baking sheet, making sure they are not too crowded…this will allow them to crisp, rather than steam. Stir after 15 minutes. Check again after 10 minutes. Roast until crisp and tender.

While roasting, brown Merguez sausage in a skillet. You can either serve them whole, or sliced and folded into the hash. Saute some onions along with them if you like.

Poach your eggs, salt and pepper and set aside,

Remove the sweet potato hash from the oven, and fold into the skillet along with the sausage and onions, and mix. Gently place eggs over top, garnishing with fresh cilantro and if you like, more harissa.
Serve immediately.

To make Harissa Paste:

Bring chilies to a boil in a large pot of water, turn heat off, cover, let sit 1 hour or overnight. Toast spices and grind them
When rehydrated, remove seeds and stems. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency.
To store, place in sealable jar and drizzle olive oil over top after each use, to preserve. It will last 1-2 months in the fridge.


Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:4

Keywords: sweet potato, sweet potato hash, harissa recipe, harissa paste, harissa sauce, moroccan eggs, moroccan recipes

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