Easy Corned Beef Hash

Large Skillet full of Corned Beef Hash.

The Best Corned Beef Hash

I love this recipe because it’s everything that a can of Corned Beef Hash is not. Originally Corned Beef hash was introduced in the United Kingdom, during and after WWII, when fresh meat was rationed and corned beef was more readily available. In fact, Hormel claims to have introduced the recipe to the US as early as 1950.

Canned Corn Beef tends to be very soggy and unevenly cooked. That is unless you scorch the beef hash in the shape of patties and practically burn each one. In this recipe, I suggest that the cooking of each item be cooked separately. Then combine each one, after they’ve been allowed to seer properly.

6 small diced Russet Potatoes in a medium sized stainless steel bowl.
One 12 oz can of shredded Corned Beef.

Potatoes and Corned Beef

I didn’t have time to brine and pickle a flat brisket to make my own homemade corned beef. So, to keep this recipe relatively simple, I use a can of shredded Corned Beef instead and several diced Russet potatoes. If you’re concerned about the amount of salt in this recipe, the sodium in the corned beef can be gently rinsed out, in a strainer, with fresh cold water.

Salt is, however, essential in this recipe. As is fat, acid and heat. The heat will be provided with the addition of cracked black pepper but the acid is non void and not traditionally present unless added. I find that diced Roma tomatoes solves this problem quite nicely. Not only does it add the needed acid in the dish but it provides a real fresh taste that balances the salty beef. Fresh squeezed lemon, is another option.

2 diced Roma Tomatoes with a sharp knife on a white cutting board.
Large Skillet full of Corned Beef Hash, topped with fresh diced Roma Tomatoes.

What is Corned Beef Hash

The original recipe for this dish is pretty basic. It consists of 3 main ingredients, Onion, potato and corned beef. The complicated part is the brining and pickling of the beef. Actually, it’s very simple and straightforward process but it is time consuming. The name “Corned” beef comes from the size of the corn kernel sized rock salt that was traditionally used to season the meat.

To trick up this recipe, there are several things you can do to add more flare. In the video tutorial, down below, I add diced tomato and a Mexican blend of cheese. I’ve also found that chopped bell pepper and yellow corn are an excellent addition to this recipe. Just sear the vegetables together with the diced potatoes to maintain their crisp. Then combine with the Corned Beef, once it’s cooked too.

I like to serve this hash with runny yolk eggs and buttered toast. Sour cream is another nice topping, over the Corned Beef Hash.

Cooked Corned Beef Hash, 2 eggs over medium and 1 piece of buttered toast cut into triangles.
How to make Corned Beef Hash video tutorial by PoorMansGourmet.
Easy Corned Beef Ingredients: 8 to 10 Servings

6 medium/small Russet Potatoes, diced 1/2″
12 oz Corned Beef, minced
1 small Onion, diced
4 tbsp Butter
4 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Roma Tomatoes, diced (optional)

1 tbsp Parsley, fresh or dried
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Add 2 tbsp of Olive oil to a large pot.
Cook the onion first on medium high to High heat (8), season
with salt and pepper, then add 2 tbsp of butter and the potato
to the pot and cook with the same heat to sear all sizes of the
diced potato pieces. Season with salt and pepper and cook
for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 2.

Add 2 tbsp of Olive Oil and the 12 oz of minced Corned Beef
to a separate skillet. Saute and sear for approximately 10 min.,
then add the beef to the cooked diced potato. Add herbs and
diced tomato and stir all of the ingredients together. Remove
from the heat and serve.

I add fried eggs, sunny side up, and buttered toast for each
serving of Potato Hash.

Follow the instructions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how easy it is to make this amazing Corned Beef Hash.

Granola | Snacks, Breakfast Bars or Cereal

Homemade Granola

I just recently introduced this recipe to my kids. They’re use to cheap store bought granola bars, and they love them, but they have never had the hearty generation X granola, that I grew up with, in my home. If you’re like me, you had this for breakfast and ate it as a cereal with milk and you loved it. Well, it’s time to get back in the kitchen and mix up this easy recipe, if not for your kids, for yourself. This recipe can be crumbled or pressed into bars, for easy packing.

Granola Ingredients:

3 cups Rolled oats, Quaker
6 tbsp Brown Sugar, light
1/3 cup Sunflower seeds, salted
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes, sweetened
8 oz Cashews, salted halves
8 oz Almonds, Honey Roasted
1 cup Maple Syrup, butter flavored Country
1/3 cup Canola Oil
3 pinches of Kosher Salt, optional

Bake at 250° Fahrenheit for 1 hr 15 minutes, on a large flat baking sheet, stirring every 15 minutes. Add 15 more minutes, of bake time, if you like a more toasted flavor.

You can add Raisins or any dehydrated fruit, after baking.

My almonds were hard and whole so, I pulsed them in a food processor, by themselves, first. Then added the cashew halves, coconut flakes, sunflower seed and brown sugar, then pulsed again. Half of the mix was powdery but it works out great. The added syrup and Canola oil help it bond. The brown sugar gets a little lumpy so, be sure to smash is out so it mixes in evenly.

follow the directions in the short video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make this amazing homemade granola recipe.

Breakfast Sausage

10 Bratwurst sized Breakfast Sausage Links on a plate resting on the counter top.

Great Breakfast Sausage

Making sausage is a fun traditional art that dates back to the Sumerians, in 3100 B.C. and is now cherished all over the world with different recipes. Today, I’m sharing an American style Breakfast Sausage that has been popularized by companies like Johnsonville or even the late famous country singer, Jimmy Dean.

This sweet and savory sausage has become an American staple that is served many different ways; links, patties or even cooked up ground and added to eggs with cheese or most widely known, probably, in sausage gravy, served over Buttermilk Biscuits and/or a Chicken Fried Steak.

Today’s recipe is all about the ingredients and how to get the best flavor and texture out of a breakfast sausage. So, I’ve listed all of the ingredients down below, along with my recommendations and a “how to” video tutorial. There are a few “optional” ingredients, like pink curing salt and msg, but if one comes out it should be replaced with an equal amount of salt in it’s place. The pink salt should only be added if you’re planning on smoking the sausage. MSG, obviously intensifies the flavor of the sausage and is an active ingredient in store bought sausages.

I didn’t add powdered skim milk to my sausage in the video but I have it listed in the ingredients for this recipe. It should be added if you want to retain more moisture and add the proper sausage texture that we’ve all come to expect in cooked or smoked sausage. Questions can always be asked in the comments.

Breakfast Sausage Ingredients: Makes 4 lbs

3 lbs Ground Pork, Dark Meat 70% to 75%
1 lbs Pork Fat, 25% to 30%

1/4 cup Brown sugar, light brown
1 tsp Curing Salt, replace with table salt if not using
3 tsp Salt
2 tsp Parsley
1 tsp Sage
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Red Pepper, crushed
1 tsp Coriander, ground
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Clove

1 tsp MSG, optional but is used in most sausages to enhance flavor

Makes about 1/2 cup of seasoning.

BINDER
1/2 cup Dehydrated Skim Milk Powder, for moisture and texture
1/4 cup Vinegar
2 tbsp Dark Corn Syrup, Malasses flavored

Maybe 1/2 cup Lard if the fat content is low.
30% fat to 70% meat ratio is standard.

Approximately 2 tbsp of seasoning per 1 lb. of meat.