Cooking technique: Hash

Taste October 2015

Hearty and comforting, breakfast hash is the perfect dish for a chilly fall morning. There are no hard-and-fast rules for constructing hash, only basic guidelines, making it incredibly versatile and open to whatever ingredients you have on hand, including leftovers.

Tip: Cook potatoes, meat and vegetables in batches for optimal flavor — this ensures each element is perfectly cooked.

 

Step 1: Meat (optional)

Don’t get us wrong: veggie hash is delicious. If you intend on skipping the meat, by all means, proceed to the next step. But if you’re including meat, choose one that has some fat. Think pork — sausage, bacon, chorizo — or corned beef. That way you can cook your potatoes in the rendered fat that develops from cooking the meat, which the potatoes in turn absorb for extra delicious flavor.

Step 2: Potatoes

To ensure crisp potatoes, choose Yukon golds or russets. But feel free to use sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets or winter squash as tasty alternatives. Cut your potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes and fry them in oil or rendered fat until golden brown, seasoning them with salt and pepper along the way. For extra crispy potatoes, par-boil them first in water with a splash of vinegar until just fork tender before frying them.

Step 3: Vegetables

This is where you really can get creative. Use up that half onion, the leftover kale or that last broccoli crown. There are few limitations. Just try to keep the veggies in uniform pieces so they cook evenly and don’t forget to season them.

Step 4: Eggs

Once your meat, potatoes and veggies are cooked and combined, you’re ready to add the finishing touch to your hash — eggs. You can fry or poach them or cook them directly into the hash. If opting for the latter, make a few wells in the hash and crack an egg into each one. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until the whites are set. If using a cast-iron skillet, you alternately can place the skillet with the hash and eggs into a hot oven until the eggs are set.

Step 5: Top it off

Before digging in, top your hash with chopped, fresh herbs, chunks of avocado or your favorite hot sauce. Bon appétit!

 

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Hash »

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