So there is something about hash. The legal kind–just to clarify. But seriously, hash is just the best thing ever invented. It’s a bunch of random ingredients cooked in ONE pan, served in a bowl, and gobbled up in a hurried fashion. In hard times, mom’s across the world use hash to fill up their families and stretch small amounts of precious protein. Hash usually contains some sort of potatoes, or other starchy filler, along with onions, shredded or diced protein, and any number of veggies. You can literally put anything in hash, crisp it up in under 20 minutes, and enjoy a bowl full of simple, humble comfort food.
I make hash all the time. Sometimes I shred sweet potatoes, carrots, or plantains for the starch, or sometimes I take the time to dice them small into pretty little cubes. There are always onions involved, usually broccoli, maybe some peppers, Brussels sprouts, and sometimes some sort of leftover protein, sausage, or bacon.
Everyday Veggie Hash
1 sweet potato, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
2 cups of shredded Brussels Sprouts ( you can buy them shredded, or shred them yourself with a knife)
1 cup of broccoli, separated into bite sized florets
1 pound of protein (if desired. You can use bacon, ground meat or sausage, leftover shredded chicken or turkey, or chopped ham… really anything)
a few heaping tablespoons of lard, bacon fat, coconut oil or other desired cooking fat
- In a large cast iron skillet, brown the meat (if using) until cooked. Remove to a plate, and leave any grease in the pan.
2. Add the onions and diced sweet potatoes, season with a good large pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper, and cook over medium high heat until both are starting to brown, about 5-7 minutes, adding more cooking fat to the pan if necessary.
3. Add the rest of the veggies and the cooking fat, season again with salt and pepper, and cook for another five minutes until all the hash is starting to brown.
4. At this point you can add in the cooked protein if using. Stir to incorporate and cook for just a few minutes longer until everything starts to get crusty and yummy.
5. Serve in a bowl, and for bonus points, add a fried egg, some scrambled eggs in lard, or Soft “Steamed” Egg on top of each serving if you wish.