Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Corned Beef Hash

Butter-Steamed Egg on Corned Beef Hash
Prepared June 5, 2012.
3 T butter, divided
2 c yellow or white onion, small dice
1 12 oz can corned beef, chopped
1 lb yellow potatoes (Yukon Gold™ is good)
freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
chopped parsley (optional)
Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces. Cover with water and add salt. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a fast simmer. Cover and cook 10 minutes until potatoes test almost cooked with a knife point. Rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking and drain well. Spread on a cutting board to cool, and chop coarsely. Melt 2 T butter over medium heat in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, add the onions, salt lightly, and cook slowly until soft, about 6 minutes. Mix in the meat and potatoes, raise the heat to medium high, chop the ingredients together with a spatula, press the hash to form a compact cake, and cook 8 to 10 minutes undisturbed. Turn the cake over, press to compact again, and distribute the remaining butter, cut into pieces, evenly around the pan edge. Cook the bottom side until it's also brown and crisp. Taste for salt, season with pepper, and garnish with chopped parsley. Veriation: Top each serving with a poached or butter-steamed egg, as shown. Makes about 6 eight-ounce servings.