This weekend it's rained and rained and rained some more. It's not especially cold. It got up to almost 70 today. I have all this leftover turkey, and it's not exactly soup weather. But, we did go for a walk right as it was turning dark, and it was damp and was getting down in the low 60s by the time we got home, so I thought "Well... what can I do with leftover turkey that isn't a hot weather dish, but also isn't a freezing cold outside dish either?"
Turkey Hash, of course.
I know. It's not real pretty. But it was tasty and hot and satisfying. Lots of vegetables, lots of diced, leftover turkey, a glass or two of wine, and the conversation turned to my fantasy of opening a breakfast place that served something besides oily, slippery eggs, underdone hashbrowns, greasy bacon, "coffee" you can read the paper through, and Wonder® Bread toast with fake butter.
We had a wonderful breakfast place when we lived in Atlanta, Decatur, actually. It's one of the three things I miss about living there. The Crescent Moon served hashes, whole grain muffins, really good french toast, excellent coffee... it was a proper breakfast. Which is what I would name my place if it ever came to fruition. "A Proper Breakfast". But, I live in Wilmington, NC. And the tall-truck driving people prefer the greasy spoons and IHOP to someplace they can get a decent flannel hash and an almond-cherry whole grain muffin. I know. I sound all granola. I'm not. I like a hearty breakfast as much as anyone. But here, they're all Waffle House knock-offs and are usually oily and underdone with weak coffee.
But I'm obviously not going to open my own place. I think the audience here at 305 is a lot more positive and forgiving than the general public would be anyway. And I can always cop the "Well, you didn't PAY for it!" here now.
Tonight's hash was:
4 Tbs. olive oil
1 small sweet potato - cut into chunks
1 red potato - cut into chunks
2 strips bacon
1 small onion - chopped
1/2 cup leftover turkey - diced
2 Tbs. rosemary - chopped
1/2 red bell pepper - chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese - grated
1 Tbs. butter
2 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
I boiled the sweet and red potato in a pot of salted water just long enough to get them tender. Then I drained them and set them aside. Meanwhile, I cooked the bacon in a skillet on medium heat. Then I removed the bacon when it was done and chopped it up, and added the chopped onion to the skillet. I sauteed that until it was done, then added 2 Tbs. of olive oil, then the potato and sweet potato, some kosher salt and pepper. Then I tossed in the red bell pepper, the rosemary, and the turkey. I drizzled that with the remaining olive oil, gave it a good stir to coat everything, then put a cast-iron bacon press on the mixture just to mash it down and help it brown. You wouldn't have to do that part. Just mash it a few times with a spatula.
In another small skillet, I melted the butter on medium heat and fried an egg, and added salt and pepper.
When the hash was pretty browned after a couple of bottom scrapings and flippings, I topped it on each plate with some grated cheddar cheese, and a fried egg. It would be a great breakfast for an active day, a good lunch, or, like tonight, a hearty dinner for a damp evening.
Pootie was my only audience tonight, and he dug it. Which is what led to our aforementioned conversation. It's a nice dream, but I know I don't want to work that hard.