Recipes & ramblings
Cookin' Clean, Eatin' Good & Feelin' Better
Sunday mornings are always my favorite part of the week. I love waking up with no alarm, making coffee, and opening the blinds to let the natural light into our apartment. It’s always quiet and peaceful. My husband and I love to go on walks or out exploring on Sunday mornings. When we get back, we’re always starving and it’s kind of become our tradition to make a big hearty hash. It’s delicious every time, savory, and keeps us full until the the late-afternoon.
I originally was inspired to make my first hash this way, after watching this YouTube video of Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen. It just looked like such an amazing all-American breakfast! At the time, we were doing a Whole30 so I had to change a few things to make it compliant.
The amazing thing about making this kind of hash is that it can be different every time! You can use up whatever leftover meat or veggies you have laying around in your refrigerator.
Each time I make it, I use a similar method, but ingredients are always a little bit different. Get creative with it! Use what you’ve got, what your family likes, and what sounds good in that moment. Don’t be afraid to try different combinations because you can’t really go wrong with a dish like this!
I use these five simple steps when deciding what to make for my breakfast hash:
1. Choose a type of potato or starchy vegetable for your "base." I have used Yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash.
2. Choose a protein. I have used bacon, ground pork sausage, and chicken & apple sausage.
3. Choose your spices/herbs. I usually use cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, and sometimes parsley.
4. EGGS! (They totally make the dish)
5. Add any extra veggies or leafy greens if you desire! I have used kale and spinach.
My favorite combination thus far has been: shredded sweet potato, bacon, salt, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes, eggs, and kale! It's a perfect combination of sweet, savory, and spicy!
If i'm being honest, there really isn't a set "recipe" for making a hash, but there are a few simple guidelines I would recommend following.
1. When using potatoes, shred them with a cheese grater. Once you have shredded all you desire, use a cheese cloth or thin linen to squeeze out all the liquid from the potatoes. (Getting rid of this liquid will help to get your potatoes super crispy!)
2. Heat your skillet on medium with the oil of your choosing. (I typically use olive oil.)
3. Spread the potatoes out evenly into your pan and press them down making a "bed" of potatoes.
4. While waiting for your potatoes to crisp up, you can cook your protein (bacon, sausage, etc...) in a separate skillet. I like to chop my bacon up into smaller pieces so I can sprinkle on top of the hash.
5. Once your potatoes start to crisp up, place some ghee (or butter if you eat dairy) around the edges. Use a plate to flip them over. (Watch the Gordon Ramsey youtube video above to see an example.) This is a little difficult the first time, so if you can’t get it to flip, just move around the potatoes, and press back into place.
6. Once the other side of your potatoes are crisp to your liking, Crack your eggs on top. (Side note: When using shredded potatoes, I crack the eggs right on top. When using diced potatoes or squash, I make little wells to crack the eggs into.)
7. Season your eggs with spices that you love! I like salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a little bit of cayenne.
8. Place your skillet into the oven, heated at 350°, and cook for about 6 minutes. I like my egg whites firm, but my yokes a little runny. If that's not what you like, feel free to cook for a shorter or longer period of time.
9. Take your skillet out of the oven, top with your protein, and leafy greens if you've got any!
10. DIG IN! You're gonna love it.
Hey y'all! Growing up in the South, the traditions, lifestyle and personality have always spoken to me. I am dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the holistic food, drink, and culture of the world through the eyes of a true Southern belle.