Sunday, March 19, 2023

St. Patty's Day Showdown: Corned Beef Hash {Reichl vs. Bittman}


St. Patrick's Day calls for a special Stirring the Pot treat! Of the Corned Beef Hash variety.

In 2019, I made Mark Bittman's Corned Beef Hash (pictured below). Bittman's recipe is very similar to Reichl's. They both call for boiled potato, chopped corned beef, onion, eggs, and some type of liquid. Bittman's version (shown below) calls for slightly more liquid and liquid of various variety: stock, tomato sauce, gravy, corned beef liquid, milk, or cream). Bittman also calls for slightly longer cooking time with no stirring so a crust forms on the bottom of the hash and since there is slightly more liquid in his version the potatoes become more mashed - the whole thing is kinda like one big hash cake, if you will. 

Reichl's Corned Beef Hash (pictured below) differs from Bittman's in that it calls for diced red bell pepper.  Reichl also calls for less liquid and less cooking time so the potatoes remain whole and separate from the corned beef. There is pretty much no time for a crust to develop on the bottom of the pan. Reichl specifically calls for cream and doesn't mention using any other liquid, but let's face it, Bittman is known for being very versatile and flexible in his cooking.

SHOWDOWN RESULTS: Both recipes are great and largely very similar. I think Corned Beef Hash lovers would love both recipes, but I have to say that my husband and I both preferred Bittman's more. Something about the mashed-potato-corned-beef-hash-cake type version has nostalgia associated with it and is closer to what we had growing up. However, if I was making this dish for company and I was going solely on looks, I'd say Reichl's version is definitely the prettier of the two!

Corned Beef Hash

Adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook

by Ruth Reichl

Serves 4

1 pound russet potatoes

1 pound piece cooked corned beef, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4" pieces

salt and black pepper

1/4 cup heavy cream

4 large eggs

 Peel potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch dice. Cook in a saucepan of boiling well-salted water to cover until just tender, about 3 minutes; drain.

Pulse corned beef in a food processor until coarsely chopped. 

Heat butter in a 12 inch nonstick skillet over moderately high eat until foam subsides. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in corned beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Add cream and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Make 4 depressions in hash and break 1 egg into each. Reduce heat to moderately low and cook, covered, until eggs are cooked to desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes. Season eggs with salt and pepper and sprinkle parsley over hash.


1 comment:

  1. I love a good recipe showdown! The cakey version definitely sounds good, though to be honest they both do!


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