I generally don’t eat breakfast. I know, I know, it’s the most important meal of the day, but I’m just not hungry when I first wake up. It generally takes about an hour or two before I actually feel like eating something and during the school year, I stand on my principles of sleeping in as long as possible before getting ready for class. This leaves very little time for me to make breakfast so I generally grab a granola bar to stuff in my bag…or I don’t grab anything.
And yet today at about 4:45am my eyes snapped open and I was wide awake. Now, being on Christmas Break until January 25th (at which point I have a class at 7:30am) I was rather frustrated at losing a day of sleeping in. I was determined to go back to sleep, so I frustratingly rolled around in bed trying to fall back asleep. It just wasn’t in the cards, I probably only slept for about another hour or two at most, then I finally moseyed on out to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee and peruse the food blogs I follow.
Well there’s one way to make you hungry. Its like watching Food Network when you’re too lazy to make food. Everything looks amazing. So I pondered what we had in the fridge: leftover potatoes, onion, and ham. Sounded like a wonderful breakfast hash type thing, so I made it.
Let us start at the beginning, shall we?
First, if you do actually wash your cast iron skillets go ahead and season it. Yes, I know you don’t have to was cast iron skillets with soap and water…but I can’t NOT wash them, it just isn’t CLEAN unless I do.
We had some left over baked potatoes that I cut into about half inch to one inch chunks. Thank you
extended family for not eating all the baked potatoes.
We also had a random small onion hanging around that looked like only a 1/4 or an 1/8 had been used. So I chopped that up into chunks.
And then I got busy and didn’t take pictures until it was done. Doh. I need to remember to take pictures while I throw stuff in the pan. Sorry guys. Let me explain what I did. I cooked the onion in about two tablespoons of canola oil. You could also use butter or olive oil. I let the onions cook for about two minutes then I chucked in the potatoes. I squished the potatoes down a little bit then walked away to cut up the ham. After cutting up the first half of the ham I went back and flipped the potatoes around, trying to get the non crisped side facing the pan. Then I cooked the ham until it was warmed through and salt and peppered the entire pan. The last thing I added were the already chopped green onions. They were rather pathetic looking so I figured I better use them. I cooked everything together until the green onions were fragrant.
Then I put it in a bowl and I got this:
I then salted it more because I have a salt tooth. Some day my blood pressure will sky rocket and I’ll be sad. But until that day, I will continue to salt my food liberally.
Easier to read recipe:
Potato, Onion, and Ham Hash
2 tablespoon oil
2 potatoes, roughly chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped
2 small hunks of ham…yes, roughly chopped. I sense a theme here.
Green onions minced. I believe it started out as one stalk, so I’d say I used about 3/4 of a stalk.
With a skillet (I used cast iron) over medium heat, put the 2 tablespoon in the skillet to warm up.
Throw in the chopped onion and let them get nice and brown. Then chuck in the potatoes and squish them down a little and just walk away. After a few minutes stir the potatoes attempting to get the opposite side down on the pan to crisp up. Salt and pepper the stuff.
After the potatoes are mostly done throw in the ham to warm through. This took me probably a minute to two minutes. Throw in the green onions and cook until they’re fragrant.