Fall Breakfast Hash
Whether you’re enjoying this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or random time of day “snack,” this hash is a delicious, gluten-free and protein packed meal that can feed up to 4 people. Of course, I make breakfast hash on the weekends, but I also have made it for dinner many times. If eggs feel too breakfast-y to you, feel free to skip them all together!
Meat options and substitutes:
To keep things healthy and flavorful, I went with a classic ground turkey breast for this recipe. If you want to go a little more indulgent and flavorful, chorizo goes beautifully here or even just your classic breakfast sausage will be delicious in this recipe. If you want to stay healthy but aren’t vibing with ground turkey, ground chicken is a great substitute, or take it up a notch with some chicken apple sausage. If you’re vegan, chorizo seasoned tempeh would taste great as a meat substitute, or even chopped up smoky tofu “burgers” (I’m specifically thinking about the Boca burgers that I think are soooo flavorful.) Or if you hate meat and meat substitutes, skip it! Add more squash or another substantial, filling veggie like broccoli or cauliflower.
I used a large, 12-inch cast iron skillet for this recipe but I’ve made it in a cast iron dutch oven (my great jones Duchess pot) or a large stainless steel skillet with a lid. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet or oven-safe pan, don’t worry! You can get away with using any large stovetop pan as long as it has a lid. You can skip the baking step and instead, lower the heat and put the lid onto the pan to cook the eggs. Regardless, I recommend using a large pan no matter what, just because there are a lot of ingredients here and they will substantially crowd the pan until they wither and wilt during the cooking process. Another pan that would absolutely slay here is the new Ninja NeverStick 3 quart sauté pan — I recently filmed with this set and fell in love with it because it’s nonstick and oven safe up to 500 degrees. Linking my pan below and some other great 12 inch pans.
Fall Breakfast Hash
- large oven-safe cast iron skillet
- Olive oil for pan
- 1 lb ground turkey can sub for any ground meat of your choice or sausage removed from the casing
- 1 bulb fennel sliced into half rings, save fronds for topping
- 1 yellow onion sliced into half rings
- 2 cups butternut squash small diced
- 6-8 large eggs
- 8 sage leaves
- Salt to taste, to season throughout
- Pepper to taste, to season throughout
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Season a large oven safe skillet with olive oil and heat over medium high heat, until the oil is shimmering.
- Add the ground turkey to the pan and season with a generous sprinkle of salt and a small pinch of cinnamon. Break it up with a spatula and let it cook until golden brown for 2-3 minutes. Flip so that it is fully cooked all around and golden brown.
- Once it’s fully cooked, remove the ground turkey from the pan and place it on a plate. Adjust the heat to medium and season with more olive oil (fully coating the pan,) then add onion slices, fennel slices and butternut squash to the pan. Season evenly with a sprinkle of salt. Let the mixture cook for 5-7 minutes, until lightly charred and golden brown. Deglaze the water with 1/4 cup of water to release the golden brown bits on the pan and coat the onion and fennel. Continue cooking and stirring the mixture in the pan for another 7-10 minutes, until the onions are slightly withered and fully golden brown in color, and the butternut squash is slightly caramelized on the outside and fork tender inside.
- Deglaze the skillet with 1/4 cup of water one more time, tossing the squash, fennel and onion slices until they are golden brown and the water is fully evaporated.
- Add the cooked turkey meat back to the pan and disperse it evenly throughout the squash mixture. Use a spatula to create 6 divots, revealing the bottom of the pan. (If your'e using 8 eggs, make 8 divots.)
- Crack eggs into each divot. Sprinkle fresh cracked black pepper on top and spread sage leaves on top of the hash, on top of the turkey/squash mixture, not on top of the eggs.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes, until egg whites set and the yolk is still runny. Check on them around 5 minutes just to make sure they aren't cooking faster than anticipated and to be safe that your yolk doesn't overcook! Once the eggs are cooked to your liking, serve and enjoy! Pack any leftovers into tubber ware and keep the fridge for 1-2 days.