Cool mornings require a hot breakfast, however, and one of my favorite dishes--because it's as pretty as it is delicious--is Red Flannel Hash, which really does look like lovely, softly faded, red-plaid flannel. Kinda like that picture over there. I first tasted this hash at Rick & Ann's in Berkeley, where I had the vegetarian version, which is equally yummy.
And, yes, I even have a flannel shirt excerpt for you this week. You can find that: HERE.
RED FLANNEL HASH
- 2 cups red-skinned potatoes cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup sweet potatoes also cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 cup peeled beets also cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 8 slices of bacon
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped fine
- 1/4 fresh parsley, minced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Steam potatoes and sweet potatoes until tender, about 13 minutes. Transfer to bowl.
- In a separate pot, steam beets until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to bowl with potatoes. Or wrap beets in foil and roast in oven. It's important not to combine the beets with the potatoes until cooked, because the variations in color make for a more attractive dish.
- While vegetables are steaming and/or roasting, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Cast iron is really best for this, but not essential.
- Drain bacon on paper towel. Once cool, crumble into pieces and add to vegetables. For vegetarian version, omit this step.
- Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet--or, for vegetarian version, heat one tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
- Meanwhile, add onion, parsley, heavy cream, salt and pepper to vegetables and mix to combine.
- Transfer hash mixture to skillet and flatten with spatula.
- Cook until hash is crispy and brown on the bottom, approx. four to five minutes.
- Continue cooking for another five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally, so that crust is distributed throughout the hash and everything is heated to a uniform temperature.
Makes four servings. Red Flannel hash goes perfectly with poached eggs and may also be served with a dollop of sour cream. Take a big plate of this and an extra-large latte, then go and sit on the porch and watch the day unfold...
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