Monday, January 13, 2014

Colorado's Best Hash or Need I Say More?


Let's be blunt. This ain't no street hash and it's not from an "edible store". This is the real thing. Totally on the up and up and you don't have to be 21. This is the best hash I've tried in a long time and you don't have to wait in line. Rich and full of flavor with lots of earthy notes. Gentle and hip and comforting all in one bite. Savory, sultry and mellow and perfect for a Sunday morn. This is something the whole family can enjoy.

I don't know about you but I really get stoked on comfort food. I look forward to certain leftovers just so I can make some hash. And this hash is really the best I've had. (Next to those summers decades ago that I spent in Denmark and another weekend? day? summer? in Amsterdam.) You know I love potatoes, but no potatoes in this. A few 'shrooms puts this over the top and into psychedelic land. Well, that and a bit of heavy cream sends me totally from terra firma.

Yeah, we all know Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana Mary Jane. Years ago I probably would have jumped for joy, but now I only jump rope, and that doesn't happen very often. Now it is here and I'm a bit too underwhelmed by the whole thing. Right now the only thing weed would do to me is make me eat more, sleep more and smile more. And I don't need that.  Well-maybe the smile more... Of course, I do have a few aches and pains but I best solve those on my own. 



We all know hash-don't we? The delectable dish of chopped meat and vegetables. An odds and ends kind of dish. I just checked out The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink by John F. Mariani at the library. (A great book, by the way. At least if you like weird and interesting food facts, like I do.) They say that hash comes from an old French word, "hacher" that means to chop.  In the mid 19th century hash was associated with cheap restaurants called "hash houses or hasheries." I kid you not. It goes on to say that on an 1850 menu from the El Dorado Hotel in Hangtown, CA was an item for Low Grade Hash at 75 cents or 18 Carat Hash for a dollar.  I'm not slinging made up hash at you. I got this from a real book.

No, I'm not smoking anything right now and I'm already in a pretty good mood so I'm not kidding when I tell you that this hash will put anyone in a pretty good state, though it might not be Colorado. This hash might not give a Rocky Mountain high, but it sure beats smoking tea. And if you do be smokin', tokin' da weed, you just might get the munchies... which leads me back to this hash. In which case, please feel free to partake.

I present to you today a turkey hash that dates back to 1839, from the great state of Kentucky. It was considered a breakfast dish and often served with corn meal cakes. I didn't get to those. I just served this hash on toast. And Manservant had to have his egg. We ate this for dinner. And we ate this for breakfast two days later. At that point, I refried this in more butter to warm it, which also crisped up the edges into glorious little, brown, buttery bites. I have to tell you this stuff is good.  Best hash I ever had!




Derby Day Turkey Hash (Real American Breakfast by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison)

Yield: 4 Servings 
Prep and Cooking Time: About 45 minutes

Ingredients:
3 T unsalted butter
2 T bacon drippings or oil
2 c chopped onions
1/4 lb thinly sliced mushrooms
3 T flour
2 c chicken or turkey stock
3 T heavy cream or half and half
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T tomato based bbq sauce
3-4 c diced and cooked chicken, turkey, beef or pork
1/4 c minced Italian parsley
Salt and Pepper

Directions:
Warm the butter and drippings in a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook for a minute, then add the mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes, warming it through.

Pat the mixture down and let it cook until it begins to brown-about 6-8 minutes. Scrape it up with a sturdy spatula, getting up any brown bits. Sprinkle flour over it and stir until it is incorporated. Now pour in the stock, cream, Worcestershire sauce and bbq sauce. Bring the gravy like mixture to a boil. Cook it down for about 10 minutes, until it is so thick that when you pull a spatula through it leaves a trail. Scrape up from the bottom while the mixture cooks. Add your cooked meat of choice, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Scrape the hash back up again. Continue cooking and scraping until the liquid is cooked down and the hash mixture remains moist, but has a few crisp edges, another 6-8 minutes. Do not turn the temperature down unless you're close to burning the mixture. You need the heat to develop a rich, brown crust.

Serve over toast and add a fried egg if you'd like! Now just chill out. Peace, man!

More Comfort Food:
Corn, Bacon and Potato Hash
Red Chile and a Breakfast Sandwich
Okonomiyaki
Not My Mama's Chicken PotPie
Lotsa Garlic Pasta
Ziti Al Fresco
Chocolate Krantz Cake or Babka




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43 comments:

  1. I've seen the future and it's a 60's repeat! :D Really fun read. And great recipe. Who doesn't like hash? I love the stuff, and don't make it enough. And the egg is perfect. So don't Bogart that hash, my friend, pass it over to me!

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  2. You are too funny! It is the 60's. Not even the music has changed! I am stoked! And tempted to wait in line! Just for the experience-you know? (Just kidding, kids!)

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  3. You crack me up! Hash sounds good but the laugh was the best part.

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    1. Laughing is good! And good for you! But it is REALLY good hash! And you don't have to smoke it!

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  4. This is hearty and loaded with flavours, Abbe.

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    1. Yes it is, Angie! Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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  5. You want me to pick some up on the way Thursday :)? I'm so old and untrendy, I don't even know where this shops are!! We'll just have to make do with this delicious hash then. Honestly, I don't think I need a high, I'm pretty high without the stuff. That's not to say I'm not thinking about trying it for medicinal purposes ;)

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    1. Drive down Broadway and you can get an ounce at each one! Just sayin'! There were lines at some of them! And they are all located, at least it seems to me, near gyms. Go figure!

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  6. Well Abbe - this is a very entertaining post! You are such a creative, funny, exceptional writer. Love every paragraph. Now the recipe looks and sounds amazing too - yum - drooling - I could eat this everyday.

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! It is a good outlet for me and I'm glad you enjoy reading. Now eat this hash!

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  7. I love hash, but I never thought to make it with just mushrooms. I almost always go with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Love the idea of re-crisping it for leftovers.

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    1. That sounds like a great one also, Laura! The re-crisping is like way cool.

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  8. I just caught myself drooling looking at this post. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Christine! Just remember to wipe your mouth before you go out in public! You are so welcome and I hope you visit again!

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  9. You're so funny, Abbe! It was fun gawking at all the marijuana shops when driving through Denver...a lot waiting to open! A hash with mushrooms? I'm all in!

    PS...my gift card has arrived! Thank you!!

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    1. So tru, Liz. And thanks. This hash ranks! Enjoy the trip to Whole Foods.

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  10. Great post! Funny! Your hash would make my day, it looks and sounds delicious!

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    1. Awww. Thanks Pam. it is nice to know that people actually read! This is a great hash. One I know you will enjoy!

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  11. Lovely Abbe! Your post made me laugh out loud...and my stomach is growling now too. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You are so welcome Monet. We all need to laugh more. That should be my motto.

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  12. Haha -- great post! This hash looks really delicious. My husband loves hash and it makes such a great weekend breakfast/brunch.

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  13. What a hash, Abbe! Turkey mixed with the umame mushrooms over a toast and topped with fried eggs? I'd eat all and ask for more...

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    1. It definitely has the umami thing going. Next time I might try porcinis. This is a keeper!

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  14. I bet you'll like this, Amy. Perfect for brunch and every other meal. Enjoy!

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  15. This hash looks fabulous...my mouth is watering just by looking at the pictures, and feel that I want to poke the egg yolk so it can run over the hash...yum!
    Hope you are enjoying your week Abbe :D

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    1. It really is a great hash-egg or not. Thanks, Juliana!

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  16. Girl I am with you!
    To me comfort food means good, hearty, hash-filled breakfast!
    So with you!

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  17. Hi Abbe,

    I believe that people from the past cooked harsh to use up all leftovers. These days, hash have upgraded itself to nice gourmet version...

    Wish that my breakfast this morning is like yours...

    Zoe

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    1. You are right, Zoe. Gourmet or not-this is great stuff! And most of the time, I admit, I skip breakfast!

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  18. What a fun post to read and a great dish! Who needs the other hash when we got this one!

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    1. You hit the nail on the head, Ansh! This is a keeper!

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  19. You had me at bacon drippings! I grew up on canned corned beef hash - Mary Kitchen's brand to be exact. Although the first time I had "real" hash at a diner in Tennessee, I thought I had died and gone to heaven - so good!

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  20. I was there in the 60s - what I remember of it. My grandmother used to make the best hash with the lovely browned bits. Just thinking about it makes me close my eyes and swoon.

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  21. This post made me laugh :) Goodness, I would trade all the illegal substances in the world for a slice of that hashed-up toast right now. I don't use enough Worcestershire in my life! Perhaps I should pencil that into my 2014 resolutions.

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    1. If you have it in your fridge you will use it! At least I do! And I would love some right now, too! Thanks, Irina!

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  22. I've been looking for a good hash recipe and I think I might have just found it! I'll have to make this mouth-watering hash for my next brunch soon! And yes with a sunny-side-up! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Altho I was with the airline for 7 yrs, I've yet to visit Colorado. You've certainly some interesting share here L:)

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    1. Colorado is an interesting state, Shirley! But it is also a welcoming and gorgeous state. If you love the outdoors, you can't choose a much better place to live!

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  24. I'm in a good state just looking! This looks incredible!

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