12.31.2012

corned hash




Among the many cultures that have developed their own version of "hash," which means "to chop," we have Northern England to thank for this particular rendition, Corned Hash. Many moons ago, a great way to use up the previous night's dinner of boiled meat, potatoes and vegetables, was to cook it up for breakfast as hash. Not many modern households can boast having leftover boiled meat and potatoes on hand, and even less of those are enlightened households that have access to the boiled meat aspect. 

Hash has come to represent a cohesive mixture of chopped potatoes, vegetables and meat, held together by some liquid and cooked until the potatoes develop some crispness and are golden. 

I have replaced the meat with tofu and seitan, but either works just as well. I boiled the potatoes for just a few minutes before beginning the long process of browning the vegetables and protein.  I kept this very simple, adding only potatoes, onions, garlic, seitan, tofu and spices. While you could add more colorful vegetables, I wanted to make this one as authentic as possible. 

When I say long process of browning, I mean it. It took about 30 minutes to acquire the crispiness on the potatoes that I was looking for, turning the hash every three or four minutes to prevent scorching. I added some Daiya at the end, but I found that it would have been just as good without.

Happy New Year! 

  

2 comments:

  1. I've been searching for good corned hash recipes & techniques. I've never made a satisfactory hash at home. But then again I've never cooked the hash this long or turned it every three or four minutes either. Will have to try this method.

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    1. I didn't write a recipe for this because I still need to work on it a bit.

      A few notes:

      using non-stick pan is really important or a really well-seasoned cast iron. Otherwise you will have tons of stickage and burns.

      Also, I added 1 cup of milk, half-cup at a time to the half-cooked potatoes.

      Dice the potatoes (only Russet - 1/2-inch dice) and cook them (from boiling) exactly 4 minutes. Then add it to your pan. Push down with a spatula, add 1/2 cup of milk and allow it to get golden (about 3-4 minutes). Flip it and repeat. Then repeat again but without adding any more milk. Repeat cooking and flipping until the hash is done, about 30-40 minutes.

      Enjoy!

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