Breakfast Potato Hash: Choose Your Own Adventure

Leftover meat and vegetables get a new life when crisped up in a pan with roasted potatoes. With an easy base recipe, you’ll find yourself making hash for every meal!

A cast iron pan containing corned beef hash.

Can you hash it?

I don’t really like leftovers. First world problem, I know. But listen, as a food blogger, and the person who does all the recipe testing, and tasting, I can only eat something so many times. I get antsy for the next thing.

So, what to do with just a bit of meat, a container of leftover vegetables, half an onion, and a limp red bell pepper? Make a hash! A meat, some vegetables, and your imagination are all you need to cure food fatigue!

Of course, I’m coming at this from a carnivorous viewpoint, but you can absolutely make an all-vegetable hash. You could swap out the meat with caramelized mushrooms or even season and sear extra-firm tofu and add it into your hash. All’s fair in the hash game!

Ingredients to make hash

I’m going to walk you through what you need to make a basic Breakfast Potato Hash to serve four hungry people. It’s by no means, an exhaustive ingredient list. I sometimes add 3 or 4 different vegetables, if that’s what I have. The one rule in making hash is to try to cut everything in similar sizes. I like to dice my potatoes and my vegetables in 1/2 inch dice, so they all cook, and look, uniform in the pan. Here’s my basic hash-enario:

  • Potatoes My potato preference is always going to be russets, but you can use whatever potato you prefer, and you can peel them or not. It’s up to you. You can also use sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or acorn squash. I’ve even heard of people who follow the keto diet using turnips. Use 2 cups of your choice.
  • Herbs and spices If you want to bring more zing to your hash, adding some herbs and/or spices to your potatoes is a good place to start. A potato is a blank slate, just waiting for you to bring it to life. I sometimes add some fresh chopped herbs, like rosemary or thyme, and sometimes I add spice blends, like adobo or cajun spice. You can also season with simply salt and pepper, as long as you just remember to season. Use about a teaspoon of fresh herbs or 1/2 teaspoon of spices to get you started and you can adjust to your preference from there.
  • Onions I believe that most soups, stews, roasts, and hash recipes can benefit from a bit of onion. If you don’t like onions, or you have an allium allergy (onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, etc…) you can replace them with more vegetables. I’ve heard, though I haven’t tried it myself, that a bit of caramelized fennel can be quite flavorful in hash. Add one cup of onion or a substitute.
  • Other vegetables You want something that hold its shape when cooked, and maybe adds a pop of color to your hash. The standard veggie is a bell pepper, but switch out with carrots, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts, or even apples (not a vegetable, I know) for a change of pace! Sometimes I’ll add in a few cups of leafy green vegetables like kale or swiss chard and let it wilt in. Add one cup of vegetables or two cups of leafy greens, or both.
  • Protein We’re going on the assumption that you want meat in your hash, but remember, it’s not required. I find that 8 ounces (about 225 grams) of pre-cooked meat is just the right amount. Some, but not all, of the meats I’ve added to my hashes are corned beef, all the sausages, chorizo, shredded chicken, shredded pork, diced brisket, crab, leftover turkey, and so, so many others. I really like hash.

How to make Breakfast Potato Hash

Photo collage depicting the steps to making corned beef hash.
  • Season and par-roast potatoes I like to par-roast, or partially cook, my potatoes, so I don’t end up with mushy taters in my hash. Not my thing. Here’s how I do it: Preheat oven to 425°F and place a large sheet pan in the oven to preheat. In a medium bowl, toss diced potatoes with 2 tablespoons of canola oil or other liquid fat, one teaspoon of fresh herbs, and/or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of your desired spices. Add to preheated sheet pan and roast for 10 minutes, toss, and roast another 10 minutes. They will not be completely done, but will finish cooking, and get nicely browned, in the pan with the vegetables.
  • Cook onions and vegetables I use a 12 inch cast iron skillet, over medium high heat, to sauté my onions and vegetables, until they begin to take on some brown color and start to get tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add protein Toss your meat in with the vegetables, and cook to warm through and get some color on the meat, another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes Sauté the potatoes, vegetables, and meat together for about 5 minutes, allowing it to cook undisturbed for a couple minutes at a time, so it can caramelize against the surface of the pan. Some people like to give their hash a bit of a press with a spatula, to mush the potatoes a bit, and make more of a smashed hash, but I like mine with all the individual components recognizable. Do what makes you happy. Hash should make you happy!
  • Serve You can serve this alone, alongside a Breakfast Chop, with your Biscuits and Gravy, or just put an egg on it and enjoy! (that’s not an order or anything, I just know you’ll enjoy it 👍)
corned beef hash with an over easy egg.
Corned Beef Hash with a Sunnyside-Up Egg

Breakfast Potato Hash inspiration

  • Corned Beef Hash You can make your own corned beef up to 2 days before, or ask at the deli counter for 8 ounces of unsliced corned beef. Season potatoes with salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme before roasting. Dice up your corned beef and proceed with the recipe. If you’re feeling wacky, you can toss some sauerkraut and shredded swiss cheese into the finished hash, then drizzle over top with thousand island dressing, for a Reuben Sandwich twist.
  • Crab and Corn Hash Season potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning and chopped fresh thyme before roasting. Add crab to vegetables, including 1/2 cup of corn kernels, along with 1 teaspoon of grainy mustard and 1 tablespoon of water. Add potatoes and finish cooking hash as directed.
  • Cajun Hash Season potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon of cajun seasoning (or more to taste) before roasting. Sauté onions with red bell peppers and jalapeños. Add andouille sausage and cook until flavors are all melded together. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
CAst iron oan containing andouille sausage cajun hash.
Cajun Hash with Andouille Sausage
  • Fajita Hash Season potatoes with adobo seasoning or a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Shred or dice cooked beef or chicken into cubes and cook along with onions and multicolor bell peppers. Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro and some salsa, if desired.
  • Fall Harvest Hash Season sweet potatoes or butternut squash with 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, 1/4 teaspoon dried or fresh thyme, and a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Roast as directed. Brown 8 ounces of crumbled breakfast sausage in your 12 inch cast iron skillet. When the sausage is almost fully cooked, with just a bit of pink in parts, add in onion and a diced apple and sauté until sausage is well browned, onions are soft, and apple has some nice caramelization. Add sweet potatoes or squash and finish cooking as directed. Before serving, add in 2 cups of torn kale or chard and continue sautéing until wilted. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese or feta, if desired.
Cast iron pan with sweet potato, apple, sausage, and kale hash.
Fall Harvest Hash

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A cast iron pan containing corned beef hash.

Breakfast Potato Hash: Choose Your Own Adventure

Leftover meat and vegetables get a new life when crisped up in a pan with roasted potatoes. With an easy base recipe, you’ll find yourself making hash for every meal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
 

Potatoes

  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 tbs canola oil or other liquid fat
  • 1 tsp herbs or spices
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Other stuff

  • 2 tbs canola oil or other fat
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 cup other vegetable or fruit diced OR
  • 2 cups leafy vegetable such as kale, chard, or spinach
  • 2 cups meat about 8 ounces, diced or shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Roasting the potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 425°F place a large sheet pan in the oven to heat up. Dice potatoes and place in a medium bowl. Toss with olive oil, desired herbs or spices, salt and pepper.
  • When oven is preheated, remove sheet pan from the oven and quickly spray with nonstick spray. Pour potatoes onto hot sheet pan and carefully make sure that it’s in one layer.
  • Bake at 425° for 10 minutes, toss the potatoes, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside while you prepare your vegetables and meat.

Making the hash

  • Dice meat and chosen vegetables in similar sizes. Heat a large cast-iron pan, or other large skillet, over medium high heat. Heat oil and then add onions and chosen hard vegetables to skillet. Sauté for a few minutes, or until just starting to soften a bit, about 3-4 minutes. Toss in your meat and sauté until warmed through and beginning to caramelize on the edges, probably another 3-4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes to the pan and continue to sauté for about 5 more minutes, or until potatoes have desired color, vegetables are tender but still have a little bite, and everything is warm through.
  • If using leafy vegetables, add at this time and sauté until wilted.
  • Serve alone, with hot sauce, or with an egg on top.

Notes

Can use any potato desired, or even a hard squash, such as butternut or acorn.
To season your potatoes, herbs like thyme, oregano, or rosemary are great, or spices like a Cajun spice, seasoning salt, or adobo.

The nutritional and caloric information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It does not assert or suggest that readers should or should not count calories, and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s or doctor’s counseling.

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