My son was telling me the other day that his friend’s dad makes him hash to help him “bulk up.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, hash is a dish consisting of diced meat, potatoes and spices that are mixed together and then cooked either alone or with other ingredients such as onions. I thought this would be the perfect breakfast to make for my son, who does indeed need to bulk up for soccer season. It’s a hearty fall breakfast with the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrates for both athletes and breakfast lovers. But I didn’t want to create a traditional hash with a soft texture, so I grated the potatoes finely to approach the dish as a deconstructed hash, with potatoes in the guise of a Rosti (a large pancake sans eggs and added starch) which would provide a crispy exterior to balance the softer ingredients like sausage and sauteed veggies.
First, wash and grate 8 Yukon gold potatoes. I have several graters I like, but the one in the picture is a combination mandoline and grater which produces matchstick and heftier shreds. What I like about Yukon gold potatoes is that they’re very versatile, keep their shape when cooked and have a slightly sweet taste. But any potato can be used depending on your taste preferences. (I’m even thinking about using a sweet potato or yam to create a sweeter Rosti…stay tuned.)
After seasoning the potatoes with salt and pepper, I heated up a 12-inch non-stick pan, poured in some olive oil, and then added in the potatoes, patting them down to create an even surface.
Here is a picture of a happy jumble of onions, red peppers, chicken apple sausage from Aidell’s, and sweet Italian sausage I was cooking in my trusty cast iron skillet. We like lots of flavor, so I seasoned liberally with salt, pepper and Frank’s hot sauce. Damn, I love that sauce!
If you have the right non-stick pan, with a rim at this angle, tossing the pancake over is pretty easy.
After flipping the potato pancake, it should have turned a nice, golden brown color like this. When the other side has turned brown, it is ready to serve. Slice a portion size of your choice, serve it up with hash alongside and enjoy. Or, in my case, watch your son smile while he bulks up.