This recipe is from Mark’s Daily Apple. I switched some of the proportions around and named it after my all-time favorite Christmas cartoon, but all credit goes to the amazing health resource that is MDA.
I’ve very much enjoyed working with root vegetables lately. They’re durable, they last forever in the refrigerator, and they’re tough to screw up.
I’ve even updated my Sweet Parsnip Mash recipe. You can imagine my giddiness, then, when MDA posted a Vegetable Hash recipe. Add shredded pork shoulder and you’ve got a work of art. Top the whole thing with a fried egg and you’ve delivered art an elegant and delicious punch in the mouth.
For the Pork Shoulder:
Season a 3-4 lb. shoulder of pork (tied with cooking twine – it will fall apart when slow-cooked!) with a simple BBQ rub or paprika. Add a few cups of broth and place fatty-side-up in the slow cooker (this won’t yield the smoky flavor of pulled pork, but you won’t miss it in this hash). Cook on LOW for 10 hours. The finished product will almost melt in your hands – I prefer to separate the meaty portions from any fat that remains. Allow to cool, then shred.
For the Hash:
2-3 parsnips, peeled & finely chopped (make sure all veggies are chopped into small pieces of approximately equal size)
2-3 beets, peeled & finely chopped (Dwight Shrute optional)
2-3 carrots, peeled & finely chopped
1-2 turnips, UNpeeled & finely chopped
1 Spanish onion, sliced into thin pieces
3-4 Tbs. Ghee
First, boil the chopped veggies for 15 minutes to soften. Drain.
Saute the onion in 1 Tbs. ghee until soft.
Add the chopped root vegetables, the rest of the ghee, and the shredded pork.
Mix everything together in the pan to combine evenly. Allow to cook on medium-low until the mix at the bottom has browned (10 minutes or so). Then stir and repeat to brown the entire mix. It took me about 45 minutes to get the hash nice, brown and crispy.
To give you an idea of how delicious this is, observe a gchat between Husband and myself:
Me: Did you try the hash for breakfast?
Husband: It was great. I might take it for lunch. And eat it for dinner.
Me: Save some for me!
Husband: No. Because I’m a mean husband and I’m also not buying you any jewelry or puppies today.
(I may have exaggerated just a bit there.)
Liz’s grandfather’s plane went down in the jungle in World War 2. A school assignment inspired her to learn his story again. Happy Thanksgiving –