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The Master Hash

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 1 hr, 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: about 3/4 cup hash and 1 poached egg)

Here we explain how to prepare every element of a successful hash to show how each component plays a distinct role in the final dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 whole garlic heads
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half, divided
  • 3 tablespoons instant potato flakes (such as Hungry Jack)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 cups vertically sliced onion
  • 6 ounces cooked steak (such as New York strip or flank steak), cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (optional)
  • 6 large eggs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 442
  • fat 25.4 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 11.6 g
  • polyfat 5.1 g
  • protein 20 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 222 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 603 mg
  • calcium 128 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.

    Chopping Onion
  2. Cut off top 1/4 inch of garlic heads to expose cloves. Place garlic, cut side up, on a piece of foil. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Wrap garlic heads tightly in foil. Roast at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until very soft; cool slightly. Squeeze pulp from roasted garlic into a small saucepan; discard papery skins. Add 3/4 cup half-and-half to pan. Bring just to a boil, stirring to mash garlic; remove from heat. Add potato flakes, stirring with a whisk.

  3. Arrange potatoes on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray; coat potatoes with cooking spray. Roast at 325° for 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring every 15 minutes; set aside.

  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper, carrot, thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 12 minutes or until soft. Remove mixture from pan; set aside.

  5. Wipe pan with paper towels; return to medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 15 minutes or until caramelized and soft, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

  6. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to pan. Add potatoes; cook 4 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in bell pepper mixture, onion, steak, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Stir in garlic cream mixture, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; remove pan from heat.

  7. (Optional) Add water to a saucepan, filling two-thirds full; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; stir in vinegar. Break each egg into a custard cup. Gently pour eggs into pan; cook 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; place on a paper towel-lined plate.

  8. Stir remaining 2 tablespoons half-and-half into hash to loosen. Divide hash among 6 plates. Top each serving with 1 egg, if desired; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Garnish with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.