| Corned Beef Hash is sort of a weird one, for me. I grew up on this stuff, but ... not in a good way, exactly. My mother would buy cans of it, pop the cans, plop out the cylindrically shaped meat-n-potato blobs and fry them up for dinner! I remember hating it, as a kid, even though I think I might have secretly loved it. I'm not totally clear on my childhood feelings of the stuff, even though I do remember that they were strongly held!|
My father, I believe, DID love the stuff! Someone, somewhere liked to fry it up, then fry and egg and slide that on top of the fried meat-n-potato pile and eat it. I also have fairly strong memories of that! ... but am not entirely certain that it was my father.
Point being, I was introduced to Corned Beef Hash, with a fried egg, at a VERY young age. Something about canned meat and the sound it makes as it jiggles out of the can ... just makes my bones quiver.
THIS stuff, on the other hand ... PURE UNADULTERATED AWESOME!
When I was younger, I worked at a grocery store deli. We sold Boar's Head meats and cheeses. The guys that would come in, check for freshness, train us, etc. were just top notch people. Even the truck they used to deliver the meats in were fun, interesting and a big part of that Boar's Head experience. I KNEW that if I went to a deli selling Boar's Head that I could get some nice thick slices, straight from the slicer! I stepped up to the counter and asked for one and a half pounds of 1st Cut Cooked Corned Beef Brisket, cut into 1/2-inch slices. I took that home and cut perfect little cubes out of it.
I then did the same with a mixture of carrots, bell pepper, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and herbs! I fried the veggies up with the corned beef, slapped a fried egg on it and yelled, "Breakfast!" at no one in particular.