Making the Best of Leftovers – Beef Hash

So I went to the butcher last week to get some nice beef to roast and have with potato salad and rocket and tomato and red onion and stuff, to feed a good friend who was coming over for lunch.  I did the whole, ‘what’s nice to roast and eat cold’ thing to the nice butcher.  He recommended a rump roast which he’d roll up nicely for me.  I nodded.  I added a couple of oxtail bones for the dog and a pot of red pepper chutney and he, all cheery, said, ‘that’ll be £47 please’.  Holy shitballs.  Obviously I was too embarrassed to say, ‘oh sweet Jesus I’ve made a terrible mistake!’ so handed over the money and scuttled home.

The lunch was delicious, the meat amazing, as you’d hope, and the dog appeared a bit grateful for the gift of some oxtail. You’d never know for sure with her, she might’ve just had wind.

Even after a further supper of more meat and salad we still had a massive hunk of rump leftover and I was damned if I was going to feel guilty about the spend for much longer so had to figure out a way to use the bastard up.  I’ve never made hash, I know people who know food quite like it, so I thought I’d have a go.  Found a few recipes online and just sort of mushed them up together to produce the below.

Was very tasty.  Very.  I’d bloody well hope so, with cow that expensive in it.

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You’ll want:-

Chunk of leftover beef, enough to feed however many you’re feeding, cubed

Potatoes, probably at least a couple of cups, cubed

Fresh herb – I chose thyme – a couple of teaspoons

Cayenne – I couldn’t find mine in my frankly out-of-control spice cupboard, so used mild chilli powder instead. Was fine.  I used about a teaspoon.

Nutmeg, to grate, a good half-teaspoon at least

Seasoning

A brown onoin

Couple garlic cloves

Some double cream, although really single would be fine – half a cup

Some kind of vegetable oil, canola or sunflower

Knob of butter

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If your potatoes are already cooked then cube.  Mine weren’t, so I had to boil and then cube.   Whilst they were cooking I chopped up the beef, thyme, onion and got the garlic ready to mince.

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In a biggish frypan throw the potatoes and mix with the oil (couple tablespoons, probably) and butter, over a goodish heat, till they start to brown.  I took them to a bit past the above photo in terms of brown-ness.  Took maybe ten mins?

Add the onion and cook for another 6-8 mins, till they begin to get properly soft.

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Add the meat, herb, chilli or cayenne and a healthy grate of nutmeg,  along with the garlic, and cook off some more.  You want to start getting some crisp edges going, yes?

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Add bout half a cup of cream and continue to cook.  Kind of pat the whole mess down and let cook for 2-3 mins, then flip and do the same again.  I think we probably took this off 5 or so mins too early – could’ve done with some more crisping.  I’d ideally spent somewhere around 10 mins crisping and flipping.

Check for seasoning – it’ll need it.

Eat.  I believe traditionally you’d pop a fried egg of some kind on top of this whole shebang, but I fancied something a bit cleaner with it so went with a basic cucumber, onion and tomato salad.  So health.

Suprisingly tasty.  Boyfriend had leftovers for breakfast the next day.  Bit full on, I believe.

Anyway not one arsing piece of that expensive meat went to waste.  WIN.

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2 thoughts on “Making the Best of Leftovers – Beef Hash

  1. narf77 says:

    You were sent to buy a cow girl…you came back with beans! Sigh… I guess you are going to have to live on beans for the next week now ;). At least it would have tasted amazing and impressed the friend no end and with that, and this lovely looking hash thrown in at least you can salvage a modicum of happiness back…oh…and the dog…she can be the clincher 😉

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