No, no, you’re not caught in a time loop. You did just see that chicken two days ago. But this is the only photo that shows the sweet potato and Brussells sprout hash that went with the chicken. So the photo gets to make an encore appearance.
Hash. What exactly is it? According to the all knowing google, it is a dish of cooked meat cut into small pieces and recooked, usually with potatoes. The only problem is that the amount of meat vs. the amount of vegetables I consume is pretty frightening. Ideally, the ratio should be reversed which shouldn’t be hard because I actually LIKE vegetables. I just run out of ideas of how to fix them. So as a result, they waste away in the fridge, or on the counter, until they are beyond possible consumption. Yes, I am guilty of wasting food. There, I’ve said it.
So how does hash address my status as a repeat offender when it comes to wasting food and get me to up my servings of veggies? Simply by being. Hash is a godsend when it comes to using up vegetables that have been neglected. Don’t know what to do with that sad sweet potato that you didn’t use the other week? Got a carrot or two left in the crisper? What about an onion? Did your plan of pan roasted Brussells sprouts not materialize? You’ve got everything you need for hash. What other vegetables are hash friendly?
According to Pam Anderson, in her book Meatless Meals, mushrooms, corn (fresh or frozen), eggplant, turnips, and butternut squash are all prime candidates. She’s the one who introduced me to the concept of meatless hash. So whether I want a side dish to go with one of my meaty meals, or I want a satisfying meat free option, all I have to do is open the fridge and see what vegetables need some love.
Sweet Potato Hash
Adapted from Pam Anderson’s Meatless Meals
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 to 1 1/2 pound (one medium or large) sweet potato, peeled and diced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts thinly sliced (stems trimmed, outer layer of leaves removed)
Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the sweet potato, onion, and Brussels sprouts and stir to coat with the oil.
Place a lid on the frying pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the vegetables have softened but your thickest vegetables are still just a bit firm. Remove the lid, stir the vegetables in the pan, increase the heat back to medium high and cook until the liquid evaporates and the vegetables begin to caramelize.
Once the vegetables have browned on the bottom, stir them gently to try and get the browned sides up. Continue cooking, without stirring, until the vegetables are as browned as you want them. Taste for seasoning and add kosher salt and black pepper to taste.