”You know, it’s hard to beat bacon at anytime of day. But I also am a big fan of corned beef hash.”
~ Nick Offerman
Hash is a culinary term for a mixture of foods that have been finely chopped or diced. One popular variety is that traditional American comfort food, corned beef hash. This is a popular American breakfast dish and it’s very easy to make.
History of Corned Beef Hash Day
The term “hash” is derived from the French word “hacher” which means “to chop”. Hash consists of chopped or diced meat, potatoes, and spices. corned beef gets its name from the treatment of meat with “corns” of salt, because the salt halts the growth of bacteria by taking out moisture. Corned beef hash became popular because during and immediately after WWII when fresh meat was rationed while corned meat was more available. The Hormel Company, one of the biggest food processing companies in the US, claims it introduced corned beef hash and roast beef hash to the United States as early as 1950. However, “hash” has been part of the American diet since at least the 19th century, as is attested to by the availability of numerous recipes and the existence of many “hash houses” or cheap restaurants named after the dish.
Nowadays, corned beef hash is a comfort meal made for those who don’t feel like having the usual eggs and bacon. It’s a simple meal to make that won’t take too long and won’t hurt your budget. However, not many restaurants these days have hash, and the existence of hash houses have kind of gone extinct due to the popularity of diners like Denny’s and IHOP. You’ll most likely find them on there depending on the region in the US you’re from, most likely the east coast.
How to celebrate Corned Beef Hash Day
So, the best way to celebrate this day is make your own corned beef hash! Start off by cooking two large potatoes and cut them into cubes. Then, in a large skillet, heat 2 tbs butter and 2 tbs olive oil. Add potatoes and cook until golden all over. Then, chop 1 large onion and mince 2 garlic cloves, add to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes. Add 1 red and 1 green pepper (cubed) and cook 2 more minutes. Finally, add 12 ounce cubed corned beef and cook for 10 minutes, flipping hash over every 2 minutes to ensure it is crusty all over. Yum!