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Friday, January 8, 2010

Just What is Hash Anyway?

I think hash is just about anything mixed with potatoes. Maybe that's wrong and if someone has a better definition, by all means, enlighten me. But that's what I'm going with.

On New Year's Day, Nick and I went to my parents house for the obligatory pork dinner. It was just the four of us but because mom has a lot of Grandma in her, and because Nick and I like, OK love, garlic and she can't stand it, she decided to make two whole roasts. Needless to say, there were a lot of leftovers. So in order to use it up, I decided to make a hash. I started out with a nice big frying pan with about three Tablespoons of veg oil. To that I added four decent sized Yukon Gold potatoes cut up in about 1/4 inch slices. I think I would have preferred sweet potatoes for this dish, but I didn't have any on hand, unfortunately.

After those have a few minutes to start cooking, I added half a large sweet onion, chopped.

Add a little salt and pepper to taste as you go. Once the potatoes and onions are about half cooked or a little longer, I added about three cups of cubed cooked pork roast.

The pork was already seasoned quite beautifully and had little pockets of garlic in it so I didn't add any more salt or pepper at this point. But I did had a little chicken broth to the pan that was starting to dry out a bit. I didn't want more oil or to put any butter in the dish. So as the pan dried I put a little more broth in it.

And to get that sweetness that I was craving from the sweet potatoes I didn't have, I added one chopped Golden Delicious apple to the pan.

At this point, once the apple is cooked to how you want it, the dish is done. I wanted my apple to be a little caramelized. I served it with some corn on the side and a slice of Ciabatta bread. And yes, it was quite yummy and a very good use of leftovers!


Kesseret Steeplechase said...

oh YAY YUM! And I am happy your blog is back!

Anna said...

Jim LOVES hash, and this doesn't look so hard that I couldn't maybe try it.

Brighid is turning into quite the cook, BTW. I don't know where it came from. I keep meaning to send her to your blog, but forget every time. Must do it now....