Hash It Out

The versatile American breakfast food known as hash—a mix of skillet-fried chopped meat, potatoes, and other vegetables, often of the leftover variety—is enjoying a renaissance.

The versatile American breakfast food known as hash—a mix of skillet-fried chopped meat, potatoes, and other vegetables, often of the leftover variety—is enjoying something of a renaissance (see more about breakfast potatoes), thanks to cooks who have breathed new life into the dish with fresh ingredients and bright flavors that make the canned corned beef version seem a distant memory. Consider the delicious smoked trout hash pictured: crisp potatoes and tender chunks of smoked trout mingle to create a sultry, smoky dish that's given a lift by the addition of fresh dill and a dollop of horseradish-spiked creme fraiche. I think it's the perfect comfort food for a cool autumn morning—or afternoon or evening. (Click here for a recipe for roast beef hash.)