Bacon Mushroom Saute with Japanese Sweet Potato Mash

The flavorful bacon and mushroom saute sits on a chunky base of Japanese sweet potatoes, which add a surprising nutty chestnut flavor to the dish. #bacon #mushrooms #sweetpotatoes #brunch

i dread the question, “where do you see yourself in 10 years?”. i could answer it jokingly: “instead of being a cat lady, i’ll be a cake lady.” but that’s not what people mean. aside from the next year-ish while i finish college, i have no idea about those other 9 years. maybe i’ll be in california, maybe i’ll be working in marketing, maybe i’ll still be close to my current friends. or maybe not: what if an amazing opportunity comes up somewhere else? what if i never see some of my friends again? (a real possibility since some are international students who will probably go home post-grad, and our friendship isn’t strong enough to last solely in a virtual realm). i know i’m not the only one intolerant of this question; there’s a lot of not-quite-quarter life crises on college campuses right in front of your nose. we’re barely into our second decade (and some not even), merely babes in the wood. how are we supposed to of us know?! (if you’ve wanted to be a doctor since you were given a stethoscope at the age of 5 and haven’t wavered and are still striving towards that, i’m jealous).

i’m assuming that i’ll make my way to an office job, hopefully one that’s somewhat interesting and personally fulfilling, at some point. and i’m definitely romanticizing the work grind, but i can imagine the chillest weekends, preferably with some brunch thrown in for the mix. i usually go out for it, though i’m not sure why: the wait time is usually ridiculous, and i feel gypped by how much they’re charging me. so you can picture a semi-frugal 31 year old (probably everyone has done this but: WHAT 31 I’D BE LIKE THE CRYPT KEEPER) me with a serving of bacon mushroom saute with japanese sweet potato mash in a kitchen somewhere. i like that vision.

i was originally inspired by a smoked mushroom dish from ‘aina, a nouveau hawaiian brunch place in sf. their version has smoked honshimeji & king oyster mushrooms, poached eggs, okinawan sweet potato purée, portuguese sweet bread and lap cheong. and this dish… doesn’t. not quite. there’s no portuguese sweet bread, the lap cheong became bacon, i didn’t make the mushrooms smoky because the bacon was already smoked. so if you’ve had this dish from ‘aina and you’re like…. girl, this bacon and mushroom saute with japanese sweet potato mash isn’t the same thing at all, you’re right. there’s loose inspiration but no direct translation. anyways.

i was leaning towards cubing the potatoes and pan-frying them into homefries, but there’s something really cozy to me about mashes, so that’s what i went with. in addition to the fact that the bacon already locked down the crispy element, so crackly, instagram-worthy golden brown potatoes weren’t necessary. and then a side product of that aforementioned bacon, the fat, was used to saute off mushrooms, onion and garlic. mhmm.

all that nutty potato, with hearty, savory-because-of-the-onions-and-garlic-but-sweet-in-a-vegetal way mushrooms. topped with a fried egg (i know creamy, runny yolks are The Thing, but i’d much rather have my eggs over hard, thank you very much), salty bacon and a sprinkle of sharp green onion. if this bacon mushroom saute with japanese sweet potato mash doesn’t make you pro-brunch, idk what will.

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Runny yolks are brunch's shining stars, making this bacon mushroom saute with Japanese sweet potato mash appropriately brunch-ready (though you can cook the eggs another way if you want!). #bacon #mushrooms #sweetpotatoes #brunch

Bacon Mushroom Saute with Japanese Sweet Potato Mash
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
This bacon mushroom saute with Japanese sweet potato mash is hearty and perfect for anything from a Sunday brunch to a cozy dinner.
Course: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 331 kcal
  • 4 Japanese sweet potatoes peeled and cubed (I used Murasaki here, but Okinawan would also be delicious)
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb cremini or button mushrooms sliced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 green onions chopped
  1. Place the potatoes in a medium pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain, then mash the potatoes with a potato masher or fork. I like my mashes pretty chunky, but you could add milk, cream, broth, etc and use a hand mixer if you want it smoother.
  2. In a large pan, cook the bacon until crisp. Move the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, and remove most of the grease from the pan.
  3. Place the same pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until translucent. Add the mushrooms, and saute until they brown and shrink. Move the onions, mushrooms and garlic to a bowl.
  4. Add a little bit more bacon fat to the pan, and cook the eggs however you like (I like fried).
  5. Crumble the bacon with your fingers, or chop it up. Divide the sweet potatoes between 4 bowls or plates, then top with the mushrooms, eggs, green onions and bacon.
Recipe Notes

Japanese sweet potatoes (the ones here were white, but there are purple ones too) are super nutty tasting, like a chestnut, which is different from normal orange sweet potatoes. Don't make me pick which one is better; I'm going to plead the they're different I can't compare them card.

This bacon and mushroom saute with Japanese sweet potato mash is hearty and filling, making it a good twist on the usual brunch fare. #bacon #mushrooms #sweetpotatoes #brunch

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51 Replies to “Bacon Mushroom Saute with Japanese Sweet Potato Mash”

  1. Yummmmm. I totally want this for brunch! And that clip totally made me laugh (and feel hella old).
    All that matters is that wherever you are in 10-years, you are happy and love whatever it is that you are doing. We spend the majority of our lives at work so being stuck at a miserable job is, well, miserable! Lol.

    1. freaky friday is the best (and now i’m going to try very hard not to find a copy and watch it RIGHT NOW).

  2. I’ve not tried Japanese sweet potatoes before, I shall need to find some as this sounds delicious!

    1. they can be a bit hard to find. i don’t think i’ve ever seen them at a “normal” grocery store, but maybe they’re easier to find in the uk! definitely worth the hunt though, especially if you’re into chestnuts (:

  3. I absolutely deserved this on my one and only day off this week! At the end of a long nights shift…. I got to my inbox and your blog post was waiting to be read….. I made a bee line to my kitchen knowing that I had all of the ingredients, except the Japanese Sweet Potato (I used the garnet sweet potato instead) this dish was quite easy to make and was superbly delicious! Food for your soul, I felt truly blessed to have had this special dish today! I brought my dish back to my desk and read your blog while I ate, your writing voice is so refreshing, I see little thought bubbles popping up as I read. I do not think at the end of school you’ll end up in someone’s office, follow your God gifted talents, the art of the pen (writing) and or cooking, listen to that still small voice and do what you love! I have always taken care of the cats, dogs, birds ….was always nursing some little critter back to health, so I became a nurse and have not regretted it, not for a moment…. at the end of my shifts I am exhausted but exhilarated, knowing that I made a huge difference doing the thing I love the most! I will slide into bed in a moment with a smile on my face, courtesy, delicious not gorgeous; Bacon Mushroom Saute with Japanese Sweet Potato Mash! Bless you! 💕

    1. ahhh seeing this comment actually made my day (: so glad that you liked this post and the dish! you’ll have to try japanese sweet potatoes one day; theyre super nutty and tasty. i’m curious to see where i end up, but i’m convinced that i’ll end up doing something creative at some point (; and wow, being a nurse sounds perfect for you, so i’m glad that all of your patients get to experience good care from such a passionate person (:

  4. This is such perfect brunch food! I’m craving it for next weekend :). I hate the where do you see yourself question, and I remember being asked WAY too much when I was finishing college. Hi, I hope that in 10 years nobody asks me that question because it makes me ridiculously anxious. Have a great week, Heather!

  5. This looks so yummy! I didn’t even know Japanese Sweet Potatoes existed, I’m now determined to track them down, by what a great combination you have here. The 10-year question (or even the 5-year question) always stressed me out a bit, too. I think they just want to hear that you’ve thought about it and want to be successful and enjoying what you do, that you have something of a plan, (not that they’ll hold you to it.) Who doesn’t want that?

    1. i hope you can track them down! i used murasaki sweet potatoes from trader joe’s here, but i really like the purple ones; they’re so cool looking :3 and about the 10 year question: i usually mention that i’m still exploring and it gets met with a big big “hmmmmmmmmmm.” oh well.

  6. I never realized a meal could end up being my soul mate… I am totally into this recipe.

  7. The 10 year question is one of the most infuriating and stupid questions people ask. What we want can change so quickly for me it changes every few months – right now I just want to be travelling all the time. But what I wan’t right now is a big bowl of this deliciousness. Pinning to try for brunch this week on my day off!

    1. travelling all the time sounds pretty great to me :3

  8. Japanese sweet potatoes are my childhood favorite, granny would usually steam, mash coarsely, stir in freshly grated coconut, cardamom,ghee, some sugar and shape into balls. We would happily gobble them up in the evenings:). These sound scrumptious too, happy week Heather!

    1. whoa that sounds so tasty 😋 i’ll have to try that out, but i’ll probably eat it as a mash and forgo shaping the mixture into balls!

  9. I graduated from college 10 years ago. I couldn’t answer it then, and I still can’t answer it now. You just have to hope the best, plan for the worst, and enjoy it all. I love sweet potatoes of all kinds. This looks like the perfect brunch dish 🙂

    1. sounds like a good motto! and agreed; i’m an equal opportunity sweet potato lover (;

  10. OHHH! I would totally eat this anytime of the day of the week, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It looks soooo divine Heather! Happy Tuesday!!

  11. I agree with you on that dreaded question! I need to find Japanese sweet potatoes! They sound yummy

    1. super worth to find them! you might be able to find them at trader joe’s or an asian market (:

  12. When I was your age I had allll the same questions and wonderings and guess what – a decade later, I still do. Haha! You never know where you’re going to be until you’re there. Life is full of curve balls, but that’s what keeps it exciting! (I do, however, envy those people that knew they wanted to be a doctor at 5 years old).
    This dish looks fantastic. I must ask – where do you get your white Japanese sweet potatoes? I’ve only seen the purple ones!

    1. i’m a planning, list-oriented person, so i want to know, but i know what you mean even now (very few of 5 year old me’s imaginations match my life right now, shockingly enough).

      i get these white sweet potatoes at trader joe’s! they taste super similar (i haven’t had a side by side tasting so i’m not sure if they taste similar or are actually the same), but that purple color is so mesmerizing.

  13. Brunch is definitely my fave meal, besides breakfast of course. I’m a huge fan of Japanese yams, and this looks amazing!

    Also, I feel the same way about the where I’ll be in 10 years question. I have enough trouble figuring out my next week sometimes. 😛

    1. same! brunch excites me so much more than dinner, maybe because of all the carbs and sugar (;

      i have some things planned for next week, but they’re the sort of things that i shouldn’t be doing (theme parks! aesthetic ice cream!), considering i have finals in a couple weeks. oops.

  14. This looks like the perfect brunch meal to me! Love sweet potatoes (all types!) In 10 years, I hope to be happy and healthy! It is a cliche answer, but I’m old enough to know that there are situations in life that we can’t control and goals change. It stresses me out to think about it, but I’ll stay optimistic! 🙂

    1. happy and healthy sounds like a good plan. can i leave it at that and not get asked for more specifics by interviewers? thanks in advance (;

  15. We get two types of sweet potato here, yellow or white (haha). Never heard of Japanese sweet potatoes before. This looks like pure comfort food!

    1. what do those ones taste like? i’m familiar with the bright oranges ones that taste mostly of sweetness, and are pretty soft when cooked. the ones here are more on the nutty, chestnutty side, and are a bit firmer than the typical orange ones.

  16. Any kind of Japanese potato works for me…Although I am rather partial to the Satsuma…Your brunch sauté does look fantabulous. Ps. It’s kind of nice that you don’t have a definitive plan for the next decade. It allows for more possibility (rather than being locked in to an idea.)

    1. i’ve heard of (and tried!) satsuma oranges before, but i haven’t tried satsuma potatoes! will have to be on the lookout for those (: and yes, lots of possibilities! should be interesting to see how life turns out (;

  17. You know, it’s totally ok to not have an answer to that question! Just let life take you where it takes you. I grew up in the south, and I have graduate degrees in higher education policy…but now I live way up north of NYC and I write a food blog. I would never have predicted that! So just go along and see what doors open up, and then follow them! 🙂

    And as far as this dish? Holy yum! I love that you cooked the mushrooms in a bit of the bacon fat. That sounds like my kind of meal right there!

    1. oh wow! sounds like you’ve had some cool experiences (: and as for the bacon fat cooked mushrooms: can’t have that liquid gold go to waste! (;

  18. I’m older than you and I still wondering what I’m doing half of the time, lol. And for those people who know what they are going to do when they are 5 – how freaking awesome. How do they have their stuff figured out?! I don’t brunch often (mostly make something at home in my pjs while drinking loads of coffee), but I do love brunch and do enjoy the occasional brunch out. So good. When did brunch become such a thing, ya know?? This looks so comforting and the perfect way to start the day. I’d even love this for dinner 🙂 Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Heather 🙂

    1. i usually don’t make elaborate things for breakfast/brunch (i’m not a morning person to say the least), so for me it’s a way to have something a bit nicer in the mornings. no idea when/where brunch became a thing! i was in chicago 3ish years ago, and i remember it being a huge thing already over there.

  19. This sounds amazing for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. I loove white sweet potatoes- just recently discovered them here in Morocco as well!
    Also, I totally sympathize with your aversion to that 10 year question. I’m married, have a job and STILL cannot and will not answer it. Isn’t the best part of life the surprises at every turn? For me it would lose some of the color if I planned everything to a T 😉 xx

    1. it’s an all day, every day kind of dish! can i have the good surprises and leave the bad ones? (; kidding. sort of.

  20. Yummy! I could eat this dish all day long. Such a finger-licking recipe, Heather!

  21. I want this in my life RIGHT now!! So simple and delicious. I agree on the ten year question. I’m coming up on my 20 year high school reunion, and I am no where close to where I thought I’d be. Which was where again??? I don’t even remember. What I do know, is that I went to college for teaching and taught for 7 years, and I’ll never use my college degree again because now I’m doing what I really love to do. Life takes you in unexpected directions without asking you first. You will find your path!

    1. i know that bloggers come from all sorts of occupations but it seems like a bunch of you used to be teachers! anyways, thanks (: the last sentence was very motivational lol (maybe your next career is to be a motivational speaker??).

  22. You can but an egg on just about anything and I’ll devour it quick fast and in a hurry. I look at myself 10 years ago and I would have never guessed I would be where I am now so when people as those questions they are just silly. Life has a way of take ahold of you and creating new plans and opportunities. Mmmmm roasted mushrooms 🙂

    1. sameeee. i had some eggs and toast the other day, and they made me irrationally happy (;

  23. I hate that question because you’re literally playing pretend, hoping your life will lead the way that you imagine. Only to find out as you go down that path that it’s nothing like you thought it would be. Maybe better, maybe worse, or maybe even a little bit of both. Regardless, the way things go hardly happen but it can be interesting nonetheless. What is interesting is this dish. I love the mash and the arrangement of mushrooms. It looks so delicious and I would love to devour it myself, Heather <3

    1. lol yes so much pretend. though that was a lot more fun when i was 5, hmm… but thanks danielle 💕

    1. if heaven doesn’t have bacon and mushrooms and potatoes (among other things), is it really heaven?

  24. This sounds so comforting girl! 🙂 I don’t recall if I have ever had Japanese sweet potatoes before. I will need to find this and try this! Honestly I’m 36 and I still don’t know where I see myself tomorrow. The older I get the less I plan far ahead because things just come up and somehow muck around with your plans lol When I was younger (like 20) I was so sure I would be married with kids doing the everyday grind, but yeaaaaaaaaaa that’s definitely not the life I’m living and I feel a lot happier not following that path. wierd eh? I love the way you think 🙂

    1. ahh go find some japanese sweet potatoes!! especially if you’re into chestnuts. and i like the sound of trying less (;

  25. Well, I am 31 and still don’t have the answer to that question. I just come up with a new ans every time some one asks me that, because there is simply no way of how your dreams and hopes and likes and dislikes are going to change! But its nice to ponder over life’s deep and complicated puzzles over cozy dishes like this one!

  26. oooooh this sounds good, I’d eat it. I’m 44 years old and I still cannot stand that question, where do I see myself in ten years. Hopefully, I see myself sitting down at a desk writing my novels, but who knows? It’s like the stupidest question ever.

    1. ooh what kind of novels? i think the hardest part about novels is finishing (blog posts are much shorter/easier lol).

  27. The fried egg is like the cherry on top of the cake, ha! Lovely looking dish 🙂

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