This morning I wanted to share a breakfast that I enjoy many days, especially during the summer months when summer squash is abundant. A breakfast "hash" is usually made from potatoes, and while I've made breakfast hash from sweet potatoes on AIP, sometimes I want a less starchy, lighter option for breakfast. Thus was born the summer squash hash.
My favorite squash for this is patty pan squash. It is colorful and sweet and seems to release less liquid than other varieties. But I've also made hash from zucchini and yellow crookneck squash with success.
First, get your bacon started in the pan. I usually cook 2 slices for my breakfast. You'll use the grease to cook the hash; if you are not making bacon this morning, you can just use some reserved bacon grease. It gives a very nice flavor. Be sure and use uncured, sugar free, pastured bacon. Also check for spices; some bacon contains paprika which is not permitted in AIP. I buy my bacon from the local farmer's market.
While your bacon is cooking or grease is heating, wash and prep your chosen squash. You'll also need a sweet onion:
Chop enough squash for your liking; amounts are not important. Just remember it will shrink down a bit while cooking so cube up enough squash for your breakfast. Cut it into little cubes, like hash browns. Also, dice 1 slice of onion for each serving of squash.
When your bacon is done, remove it from the pan and pour off most of the grease, leaving enough to coat the pan. Add the squash and onion to the hot grease and cook until translucent and browned. You will want to stir it a few times when it is first added to the pan, but then stop stirring long enough to let the edges brown a bit. When the vegetables are browned and tender, add some sea salt. If your protocol allows, you can add black pepper and/or some herbs to the hash at the end. (The strictest form of AIP prohibits pepper).
I serve this with bacon, avocado, and fruit.
It's a simple, delicious, and filling breakfast. I look forward to trying this hash recipe with winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc) this fall. Hope you enjoy it!
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