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Savory Sweet Potato and Egg Scramble With Green Peppers, Onions, Cheese, and Ham

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On a whim before a week long trip, I baked some sweet potatoes with plans to use them in simple breakfast scrambles so that they wouldn't go bad while I was out of town. I have been on a big breakfast food kick the past year and was looking to change up the routine a little bit. I had no idea that I would get so hooked on this new scramble. If you like sweet potatoes and breakfast scrambles, you must give this a try. It comes together in minutes, it is easy to customize to fit personal tastes and preferences, and it is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can whip up a single serving for yourself or increase the portions to serve more people. Enjoy!

Sweet potatoes are really good for you!

Why should I bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time for this recipe?

It may seem like a big hassle to bake sweet potatoes just to make a breakfast dish. However, if this dish is something that you enjoy making a few times a week or you can use baked sweet potatoes in multiple recipes, you will save time by baking a few at once. The beauty of baking the potatoes ahead of time is that you can do it whenever it is most convenient. Once they are cool, peel them before you put them in the refrigerator. Then when you're ready to make your scramble, all you have to do is cube them. The sweet potatoes will heat through in just a couple minutes, saving you the 20-30 minutes that you would spend cooking them in the scramble.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

7 min

7 min

14 min

1 serving (but can be adapted to serve more)


  • 1 small sweet potato, baked, peeled, and cubed
  • 1/2 of a small sweet onion, diced
  • 1/4 of a green pepper, diced (or the sweet pepper of your choosing)
  • 1 egg, scrambled
  • 3 generous tablespoons shredded cheese (I like Colby jack or cheddar)
  • 2 slices deli meat ham, ripped or chopped into small pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • olive oil, just enough to grease the pan


  1. Cube the sweet potato. Dice the onion and green pepper. Place them in a medium-large frying pan.
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan. You want to add just enough so that the vegetables don't stick to it.
  3. Mix the oil with the vegetables. Turn on the heat to medium.
  4. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the onion is clear and the pepper is soft, stirring every minute or so.
  5. Add the shredded cheese and ham to the pan.
  6. When the cheese is melted, added the egg. You can scramble it in a bowl or scramble it right in the pan.
  7. Cook for another minute or so or until the egg is scrambled.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.
Sweet potato scramble, ready to eat. Enjoy!

Sweet potato scramble, ready to eat. Enjoy!

What can I serve with this scramble?

  • Carbohydrates: toast, bagels, English muffins.
  • Hearty crackers or chips.
  • Fresh fruit / a simple fruit salad.
  • Green smoothies.

Are you interested in customizing this recipe?

It is so easy to customize this recipe. Whether you are simply trying to work with what you currently have in the refrigerator or you're catering to dietary needs or personal preferences, you can switch up any of the ingredients as you like. Use this recipe as a base for creating your own perfect scramble.

  • Potatoes. I have made this exact recipe with potatoes instead of sweet potatoes. Personally I prefer sweet potatoes, but of course you can change up the potatoes as you like or even use a combination of sweet and white potatoes.
  • Vegetables. If you have mushrooms on hand, they are a great addition to the green onion and pepper combination. If you have leftover vegetables in the fridge, such as broccoli, green beans, and cauliflower, don't be afraid to chop them up and toss them into the mix.
  • Cheese. I keep a shredded Colby jack mix in the fridge for tacos, cheesy pasta, and a handful of other recipes that I make regularly so it's a natural choice for this scramble. Any shredded cheese / cheese mix is fine or you can grate a little cheese from a block.
  • Meat. I usually have sliced deli meat ham and chicken in the fridge for sandwiches and snacking. As such, it's what I grab for my scrambles. Turkey, roast beef, and leftover carved meat are also great choices. Do you prefer the classic bacon or sausage choices for your breakfast dishes? Cook up a couple slices / pieces and add them to the scramble.
  • Spices / herbs. I keep my scrambles simple with salt and pepper. If you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs and/or have other go to spices / seasonings for breakfast dishes, feel free to use them.

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© 2013 Rose Clearfield


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 06, 2014:

Thanks, Suzie, Kathryn, and breakfastpop! I hope that you all have a chance to try the recipe soon. I appreciate the shares and votes!

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breakfastpop on January 06, 2014:

This recipe looks and sounds wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on January 06, 2014:

I love eggs, as well as sweet potatoes! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I am going to share and pin it, and I will make it sometime when I have sweet potatoes.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 06, 2014:

Hi Rose,

Sounds really tasty and scrambled egg is a favorite of mine. Sweet potato I don't have often but do like it so will pin this recipe for later, thanks for another tasty treat.

Voted up, useful, interesting, shared and pinned.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 30, 2013:

idigtwebsites, yes, this dish is definitely versatile! More veggies and the addition or substitution of roast beef, fried meat, or fish would be great. Enjoy!

idigwebsites from United States on December 30, 2013:

Will try this.. and I can see the dish is so versatile, I can add more veggies. This could be a perfect partner to roast beef or fried meat or fish. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 28, 2013:

peachpurple, I would increase the vegetables.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 28, 2013:

i don't have cheese nor meat. Any ideas what to replace them?

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 26, 2013:

That's great, MsDora! Enjoy. :)

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 26, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I like baked sweet potato, and the other ingredients will enhance it deliciously.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 25, 2013:

Thanks so much, FlourishAnyway, Vicki, and J.S. Matthew! I hope that you get a chance to try this dish. If you do, let me know what you think of it. :)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on December 23, 2013:

I love all the ingredients in this recipe and I know I would enjoy this dish very much. Up and shared! Can't wait to try this.


Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 23, 2013:

This looks delish! I'm always looking for different ways to make sweet potatoes. Will be trying this one!

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 23, 2013:

Great breakfast idea. I love the sweet potato twist on this favorite.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 23, 2013:

Thanks so much, Sharon! I love breakfast foods, too, but I've also made this for lunch and dinner and it's just as good later in the day. Have a great holiday. :)

Rebecca, you'll have to give this a try. You're right that it would be good for a holiday brunch. :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 23, 2013:

I never thought about sweet potatoes with eggs. I make sweet potato home fries sometimes. I must try this. And it would be good for like a holiday brunch. Thanks!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 22, 2013:

What a beautiful hub Rose! I LOVE breakfast foods but this would be great anytime of day. Sharing! Happy Holidays to you and your hubby.

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