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Red flannel hash

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Red flannel hash

Main Serves 4 40 min
This sweet, earthy hash is very quick and simple. It makes a good brunch or midweek supper, especially with a fried egg perched on top. This is meant to be rustic and hearty – the quantities aren't very important: add more or less potato or beetroot; use sweet potato instead or potato; throw in some lardon of cooked bacon or chorizo, or some shredded cabbage or Brussels sprouts.


  • 350g tin corned beef, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 450g cooked potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 275g cooked beetroot, peeled and diced
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Mix together the corned beef, onion, potatoes, beetroot and a little salt and pepper. If you have the time, leave for a few hours or even overnight, covered, stirring occasionally. This is not essential, but it improves the flavour.
  • Step 2

    Let the butter in a wide, heavy frying-pan and heat until it is foaming. Add the corned beef mixture and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir, then press down fairly firmly.
  • Step 3

    Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook gently for about 15 minutes until a brown crust forms on the base. Stir and break up, so that some of the crust gets mixed in with the rest.
  • Step 4

    Add about 4 tablespoons of hot water. Press down again and cook for a further 15 minutes or so, until a second crust has formed. Scoop out on to a dish, scatter with parsley and serve immediately.

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