Sausage and Potato Hash

by Sarah

in Breakfast, Dairy-Free

Crispy, flavorful, sausage and potato hash | Savoring SpoonImagine rolling out of bed to the smell of crispy eggs, sitting on a bed of chipotle draped potatoes, peppers, and sausage. Avocado toast awaits, with orange juice saying “drink me!” You pop your eyes open to see it was a dream. But a dream you can easily recreate with this recipe!

You may be surprised there are eggs. Isn’t the Spork allergic? Yes, he was. As of a few months ago, his allergy testing came back and his egg allergy has diminished to the point where his doctor told him to eat some eggs. We’ve been experimenting with increasing amounts of egg, and now he can eat an entire egg by himself with no allergic reaction. *happy dance* There were a lot of eggs involved in this experiment, and I’m thrilled he can eat eggs with me now! I promised him when the egg allergy goes away, I’d make him brunch – with eggs!

Crispy, flavorful, sausage and potato hash | Savoring SpoonThis potato hash is made by first boiling the potatoes, and then cooking them on the skillet to crisp the outer layers. I like using peeled potatoes, because the texture of slightly browned potato insides reminds me of eating a french fry. This particular potato hash uses sausage, but you can easily swap it out for some pan-fried tofu cubes and it would be equally delicious!

The toast you see in the background are covered in smashed avocado, with a drizzle of chipotle powder and ground pepper mixed in. When I ate this brunch, I actually put my egg on top of the avocado toast and ate it like that! Another option if you want to try.

Crispy, flavorful, sausage and potato hash | Savoring SpoonSome of you may wonder if I will continue to make egg-less foods now that the Spork can eat eggs. And the answer is a resounding yes I will! First of all, a lot of food naturally does not contain eggs. Second, not eating eggs does not mean you are missing out. There are plenty of egg replacers to serve the chemical purpose eggs do in foods, and the egg-replacers sometimes give the food a unique taste even better than with eggs. See this post for an example.

An interesting finding about the Spork’s egg allergy ~ it seems that as the allergy starts to go away, a regular maintenance dose of eggs helps ward off an allergic action. For example, the Spork ate this egg dish at the very start of Spring Break. Since then, he hasn’t had an egg for 10 days and now can only eat 3/4 of an egg in one sitting before an allergic reaction starts. We found that for him, eating eggs at consistent a rate of at least once every other day helped ward off the egg-allergy. We think of it as a healthy maintenance dose so that the immune system learns not to recognize egg as a harmful substance to be attacked. We tried this method of giving him egg regularly at increasing doses,  after we learned about an allergy clinical trial going on at my medical school. The clinical trial uses similar (but more monitored) methods of titrated eating to help children overcome allergies to foods.

We don’t recommend giving an allergic child any food they are allergic to, unless their doctor has evaluated them and said it’s okay. Giving allergic foods can result in severe adverse reactions (sometimes even death). In the Spork’s case, his egg allergy was never too severe to begin with so once his doctor gave him the green light to try eggs, we did. And every time when we noticed his allergic reaction starting to come on he would stop eating egg that day. Over time, he could gradually eat more egg! Just thought I’d share some of our experiences with the Spork’s egg allergy!

We are eating brunch at a local restaurant today. It’s the first time the Spork is going out to brunch! He’s super excited, and of course we will be ordering eggs~ keeping his egg-eating in practice! Happy Easter!

Edit: We just came back from brunch, and the Spork had 3.5 eggs today! This is the most eggs in one sitting without an averse reaction. We’re so excited!

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Hearty sausage and potato hash topped with eggs for brunch!
Serves: 4
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 russet potatoes
  • water for boiling
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper (any bell pepper colors are ok!)
  • 12.8 oz sausage (1 package of 4)
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste (1 tsp-2 tsp or more)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I used grapeseed)
  1. Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Peal 2 russet potato and dice to 1 inch wide cubes
  3. Once water is a rolling boil, add potatoes to water. Add water so potatoes are completely covered with water, and boil for 10 minutes. Then drain over cold water and set aside.
  4. Chop bell peppers into 1 inch squares, and sausages into small diagonal pieces (or any shape you like!)
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to a cast-iron skillet (or non-stick pan) and add bell peppers and sausage. Cook till sausages are well browned and bell peppers are cooked through, about 8 minutes on medium high heat if using a cast iron pan. But go by the level of cooked-ness and not by the exact time as it will vary depending on your stove and pan.
  6. Scoop peppers and sausage out of pan. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and add potato cubes to the pan. Let sit till one side is golden brown, then flip and do the other side. Toss potatoes to brown them - this gives a crunchy texture. Don't worry about browning every side, just brown enough to get a crunchy texture! About 5 minutes.
  7. Add spices (chipotle powder, black pepper, salt), and continue to stir potatoes to coat. Add back the sausage and bell peppers.
  8. Stir to incorporate and taste! Add more spices if you want it saltier.
  9. Take off the stove. In a separate non-stick pot, add 1 teaspoon of oil and fry 2 eggs on medium high heat. Cover once you crack the eggs and leave for about 3 minutes if you want a runny inside, and longer if you want the yolks pretty firm. Go by how firm the yolk feels when you press down with your spatula.
  10. Scoop eggs off non-stick pan, and add to top of the potato hash. Serve hot!

 Top this off  with a

Berry Smoothie

Berry smoothie

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1 Grace April 5, 2015 at 12:03 pm

How wonderful that the Spork is able to eat eggs just in time for Easter! Hope you had a blessed Sunday! :)


2 Sarah April 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Thanks so much Grace! We had a good Easter and just came back from brunch. He ate 3.5 eggs today (his omelette and part of my huevos rancheros). My mind was blown. There was celebratory boba after 😀


3 Connie @ Sprig and Flours April 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

YAY!!! That is SO exciting – I did a little happy dance for you both!! This sausage potato hash looks absolutely amazing…I am drooling :p Happy Easter!!


4 Sarah April 7, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Aww thanks Connie!! :) Hope you had a good Easter too!


5 Lynn | The Road to Honey April 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

Woah. . .that’s serious business when you start dreaming about recipe development. It’s great news that Spork is able to eat eggs now. There is so much you can do with them. He has a lot of catching up to do. :-)


6 Sarah April 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Lynn! Yep, he’s excited to eat all the egg-containing foods he couldn’t eat up to now!


7 Nagi@RecipeTinEats April 7, 2015 at 3:51 am

HURRAH for Spork!! That’s wonderful news! And what a breakfast to celebrate with :) I love hash! I love any form of hash and I particularly love this one – the flavours you have going on in that pan totally rock! :)


8 Sarah April 7, 2015 at 9:12 pm

Thanks so much Nagi! I really like hash too, or anything with potatoes involved!


9 Holly | Beyond Kimchee April 8, 2015 at 10:36 am

Yeah for Spork! This is the perfect breakfast to celebrate! Looks so hearty and yummy!


10 Sarah April 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Holly!


11 Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking April 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm

He’s allergic to eggs! madness for a baker like you! Good thing you make so much vegan stuff

I’m pretty impressed he can eat 3.5 eggs in one go actually – that’s a lot 😛


12 Sarah April 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Thanks Natalie!


13 Ohmydish April 12, 2015 at 2:37 am

That egg on top really makes the whole dish so delicious. What a great breakfast :)


14 Sarah April 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Thank you!


15 Sonali- The Foodie Physician April 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm

This dish really does look like a dream! So happy that you guys can enjoy eggs together- one of life’s simple pleasures :)


16 Sarah April 17, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Thanks Sonali! :)


17 Joanne April 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Oh man, I don’t know what I would do if the.boy was allergic to eggs. SO exciting that the Spork seems to be done with his allergies!! And that you can eat all the runny yolk smothered hash now.


18 Sarah April 17, 2015 at 8:11 pm

Thank Joanne! We’re looking to eating more egg dishes :)


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