Corned Beef Hash the Way I Like It

March 13th, 2013

One of my favorite restaurant breakfasts is corned beef hash.  If it is on the menu, it is on my plate.  I like it with crispy edges and crusty bits.  Up until now, I have never made it at home.  Probably because in order to make corned beef hash you need to have corned beef on hand.  We had company last week and I thought it would be fun to make corned beef and cabbage.  Corned beef is plentiful in the supermarkets this time of year.

Before I used my leftover corned beef for the hash, I did a little research on the internet.  One of the first requirements was to use a cast iron skillet.  It is also recommended to place your chunks for corned beef in a food processor and grind them to small bits.  All recipes included chopped onions, some called for chopped carrots and some for chopped peppers.  I decided to go with chopped red peppers for their color.  The tricky part is adding some kind of binder.  Some used beef broth, some used chicken broth and some used cream.

Then there is husband David’s suggestion…use chitlins.  He is reading The Nero Wolfe  series of books by Rex Stout.  The mysteries were written over a period of forty years starting in 1934.  There was also a short-lived television series a few years back starring Timothy Hutton and Maury Chakin.  You can order the DVDs of the series through Netflix.  We are enjoying them.  Nero Wolfe is a detective who loves his food, his beer and his orchids.  He has a chef named Fritz.  David was reading Cordially Invited to Meet Death  at the gym yesterday, and when he came home and found me making corned beef hash he said, “you are using chitlins aren’t you”?   In the book, Fritz and Wolfe are trying to solve the conundrum of dry corned beef hash.  A young Southern Belle comes to the rescue by telling them that corned beef hash must include chitlins.

“Chitlins!”  Wolfe bellowed.  Maryella nodded.  “Fresh pig chitlins.  That’s the secret of it.  Fried in shallow olive oil with onion juice.  “Good heavens!”  Wolfe was staring at Fritz.  Fritz was frowning thoughtfully.  “It might do”  he conceded . . . .   They loved it.

I used chicken broth.


1 pound cooked corned beef (about 3 cups),  pieces diced small in a food processor
6 medium size cooked red potatoes, cut into small dice (about 3 cups)
1 medium onion, minced
1/2 sweet red pepper, cut into small dice
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, diced fine
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
2 tablespoons canola oil
Parsley for garnish

Place the ground corned beef and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Stir to combine.  Heat the oil over medium-high temperature in an iron skillet.  Add the corned beef mixture.  Press mixture down with a spatula.  Turn heat to medium to medium low and cook undisturbed for about 5 to 10 minutes.  As the mixture starts to brown and crust up turn it gently.  Press down again with a spatula.  Leave alone to continue crusting for about 10 minutes.  Turn and continue the process two more times.  When browned to your liking.  Remove to plate, garnish with parsley and serve topped with a fried or poached egg.

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9 responses to “Corned Beef Hash the Way I Like It”

  1. Penny says:

    Yours looks and sounds wonderful. I just bought a new Kitchen Aid Pro 6 quart mixer and purchased the meat grinder attachment. I plan on making some corned beef hash soon and using the grinder for the potatoes and corned beef.

  2. bellini says:

    Leave out the chitlins for me, since I don’t even know where I would find them, but I am sure it would add that “special something”. Chicken broth will do just as well.

  3. lindaraxa says:

    Our requirements are the same so this one is the next to try!

  4. larry says:

    I like the spices you added to the hash and that you passed on the chitlins. That plate is just one egg short of being perfect for me and well maybe a little more hash too 🙂

  5. grminahan says:

    With technology today you would think they would let us touch the picture and have a sample. But then again, I would be on your blog all day and get nothing done. Looks great as always and will try it this weekend.

  6. Susan says:

    A fun read! I would go with the chicken broth too – LOL. My husband LOVES corned beef hash and has been asking for corned beef this weekend. I can’t wait to make this for him with the left-over corned beef!

  7. Sam Hoffer says:

    I see that I’m not the only one whose husband loves corn beef hash. No chitlins for me either, even though I’m from the deep south. Stick with the chicken broth.

  8. Barbara Williams says:

    Oh my…does this bring back memories! My husband LOVED this for breakfast in the Air Force days. I could never eat that much in the morning, but did enjoy it for dinner. Haven’t made it in years, Penny. Thanks for the tips and the super recipe!

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