HASH - A Quick and Delicious Meal - For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!
Begin your day right...fill up at lunch...or have a comforting dinner....GO HASH!
Hash...a funny word, simply meaning a dish consisting of meat, potatoes and spices. Sounds simple...is simple. But simplicity has its place in the cooking realm and Hash is one such dish deserving to be recognized. Hash is a dish bursting with flavor and one that any teen, bachelor, college student, single Mom, single Dad, senior or family can prepare easily and cheaply. It can be prepared with a few simple ingredients or as many ingredients as you desire to add to the pot. It can be prepared over an electric stove, a gas stove, a wood burning stove, at a campfire...pretty much anywhere you can find a heat source! Corned Beef Hash is the most common and popular hash but it can be made with any type of meat, as long as you have some potatoes and a few spices to bring to the party. The hash that I make the most consists of Smoked Ham, potatoes, onion, salt and pepper...and an egg, fried and placed on top. It is the easiest recipe and one that my seventeen year old son would eat every single day for breakfast if I allowed him to and if I made it for him. Our family has eaten it for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner. It is a wonderful comfort food and is versatile enough so that you can make a large batch for a group of people or small batch for a single person. A perfect meal for everyone!
*Note on Prep Time and Cook Time
Preparation time could be anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how fast you can slice and cut your potatoes and ham slices. It varies depending on the individual. Also, my recipe included is for an individual (a 6'4" seventeen year old!) or up to 3 people. Prep and Cook time will also vary depending on the amount of hash you will be preparing. Obviously, if you are making a batch for a larger group, you would have additional potatoes and ham slices and both prep and cook time would be extended.
- 1 large Baking Potato, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
- 2 - 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices Smoked Ham, I use Kentucky Legend Double Smoked Boneless Ham, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
- 1 small onion, or 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- dash of salt, to taste
- dash of pepper, to taste
- 1 to 2 T. peanut oil
- 1 T. butter
- 1 egg, fried
- 1 slice buttered toast, optional
Sallie's Heavenly Hearty Hash
- Melt butter with peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes and ham. Sprinkle with onion powder, salt and pepper. Stir up together making sure that ham and potatoes are covered with oil and do not stick to the bottom of the skillet. Cover with lid and allow potatoes to cook, checking occasionally to stir and make sure potatoes are not sticking. If there is a lot of sticking, add a bit more peanut oil and stir mixture again. Once the potatoes begin to turn a beautiful golden brown color and the ham shows signs of browning as well, taste test the potatoes to make sure they are cooked through, if they are, adjust your spices and then remove mixture to a warm plate and cover with hot lid.
- Add a tablespoon or two more peanut oil to the hot skillet. Fry the egg in the oil, turning carefully so as not to break the yolk. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top your hash with the fried egg. Serve with hot buttered toast. Enjoy!
- If you are using a fresh onion rather than onion powder, I find that frying the onion in the grease until golden first, before adding the potatoes and ham is the best method. If you add it later, it will be uncooked and not be as enjoyable to the palate.
|Serving size: 1 to 1/2 cups|
|Calories from Fat||333|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 37 g||57%|
|Saturated fat 19 g||95%|
|Carbohydrates 27 g||9%|
|Protein 15 g||30%|
|Cholesterol 60 mg||20%|
|Sodium 1205 mg||50%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Hash is a very hearty meal and would not be something you would necessarily eat more than once a day or every single day. It is a comfort meal that can be easily prepared, quickly eaten and thoroughly enjoyed on a seemingly meager budget. Hash also tends to be high in sodium, but you can reduce the amount of sodium by using a reduced sodium ham, unsalted butter and less personal sprinkling or by using saltsense.