Rise and Shine, It’s Potato Hash Time!
There’s nothing quite like potato hash in the morning. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday or the beginning of an activity-packed Saturday, the hour it takes to make everyone’s favorite potato hash breakfast is oh-so worth it! We even add a little Worcestershire sauce to punch up that umami flavor. So wake up and turn on some tunes, it’s time to make the best breakfast potato hash!
Why Do We Call It Breakfast Hash?
Did you know that the word “hash” is originally from the French word “hacher”? It means “to chop”! So a breakfast hash essentially means a breakfast chop. Makes sense, since hash consists of finely chopped meat and potatoes! Hash was originally a way of using up leftover food (we still love it as a way to clean out our fridges), and dates all the way back to the 17th century. By the mid 1800’s, low-priced restaurants all around the US were referred to as “hash houses” or “hasheries”. That’s right, hash breakfast has a long history!
What Can I Add to Hash?
Traditionally, breakfast hash is made from corned beef, potatoes, and onions. But don’t worry, there really are no rules when it comes to breakfast hash! To give you some hash brown breakfast ideas, there are different ways of making hash around the world. In France, they use lamb with potatoes and in New England, fish hash is popular! The same goes for vegetables. You can add bell peppers, squash, mushrooms, or even greens like kale or swiss chard. So what can I add to hash? We say, the possibilities are endless! There is even a New England spin on potato hash called “red flannel hash,” named for the beets that are added to the potatoes! You can omit the meat, to make a delicious vegetarian breakfast hash! This breakfast hash is even great for camping. We recommend prepping the chopped veg before you hit the road, and everything else is pretty easy campside. It’s the perfect dish to jump start a day in the wilderness. No matter where you are or what time it is, we guarantee that you’ll be craving our smoky bacon cheddar breakfast hash!
Let’s Make This Recipe For Breakfast Hash!
Now that we’re better acquainted with the history and ingredients of the breakfast hash potato, let’s get cooking! The key here is to cook everything in batches. First the bacon, then the potatoes, the veggies, and last but not least, our favorite part–the cheese. Let’s fire up the skillet.
Whip out your trusty skillet and add that bacon! Cook the bacon until it’s nice and crispy and the fat has rendered. This just means that the fat has been separated from the bacon. The less fat in the bacon, the crispier it is, so cook it to your preferred crunchiness. Once it’s done, put the bacon on a paper towel and leave some fat in the skillet.
Next up: potatoes! Load the skillet with your diced potatoes and cook until they’re good and golden.
Now it’s time to add the onions and peppers to the potatoes!
Return the bacon to the pan and add in the flavor. Mix in the cream, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, and pepper. Then mix everything well, letting it simmer over low heat until thickened.
Cut the heat and add the cheese and green onions! Then watch it turn into melty, gooey goodness while you fry up your eggs.
Spoon out the hash and eggs and dig in!