Meals like Corned Beef Hash have a reputation of being an easy and cheap meal, but that does not mean that it has to be boring or tasteless.
I’ve made a fair few different variations in my time and recently I have been playing around with recipes that combine flavour with utter simplicity.
There have been times where I have fried, added, removed etc, but now, finally I have come up with an all to simple procedure that just works.
4 Medium Potatoes (Cubed)
1 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)
2 Garlic Gloves (Puree or Minced)
3 Rashers of Streaky Bacon (Finely Sliced)
1 Medium Red Chilli (Finely Sliced)
Tablespoon of Rapeseed Oil
50-100g of Cheese (Cubed)
4 Med Eggs (Room Temperature)
Parsley (Chopped for Garnish)
Before I start, I turn on the oven, pre-heating it at 180 degrees.
Then I take 4 mid-sized potatoes and slice them length ways 1/2 inch thick, and then cut them into rough cubes – no bigger than in inch, I throw these into a bowl.
I then finely slice 1 small onion and half a medium red chilli plus 2 cloves of Garlic (I puree it but minced is fine) and add that all to the potatoes in the bowl.
Finally I slice three slices of streaky bacon, again just throwing this into the bowl.
adding a tablespoon of Rapeseed Oil, I use my hands to mix all the ingredients in a bowl whilst pre-heating a heavy, oven proof frying pan on the stove.
When the pan is hot, add the entire mixture and fry off for a few minutes.
Place the entire pan into the oven and leave for 20 mins, remove and stir the ingredients half way through (Please remember a metal pan handle is red-hot when in the oven – use a glove!!)
After the 20 mins, remove and add a tin of corned beef, cut into rough cubes and placed on the top.
Replace in the oven for another 15 mins again stir it through halfway through.
Now remove the dish and make 4 wells – I use a small plastic pudding dish which is perfect size, but a spoon will do. You just want to make an indentation in the mixture which an egg will sit in.
Increase oven to 200 deg
push small cubes of cheese into the mixture in various places – this will melt and make little cheesy pockets, then crack the eggs into the wells that you have made.
Place the dish back into the oven (don’t forget that handles still red-hot)
Time for 8 mins and remove, the eggs should be perfectly set, with runny yolks.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley, more finely sliced Chilli and Black Pepper and you have a beautiful, full of flavour hash, with very little work involved – oh and its cheap too!