Hash-A solution to your last minute dinner dilemma

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Do you need a quick meal during the hectic Christmas holidays? I’ve got a fast and easy meal that the whole family is sure to love. Hash is a simple meal that can work for breakfast, lunch, or supper. It is an easy way to use up leftovers as well. But I’ve got to warn you-this is not the most photogenic dish.


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Hash is very adaptable. You can make it with almost any kind of protein you would like:

  • chopped ham
  • chopped turkey
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • ground beef
  • leftover chicken
  • even scrambled eggs

Hash is also a great way to use up random veggies in your veggie drawer:

  • chopped onions
  • chopped peppers
  • cooked carrots
  • diced or shredded zucchini or squash

You can even use leftover baked potatoes that have been chopped or shredded. I typically keep a bag of frozen hash browns in my freezer though, so this meal will come together in a jiffy if I’m pressed for time. I usually season mine with seasoned salt instead of plain salt but feel free to use what you have on hand. You can also add additional seasoning to change it up. For a Mexican themed hash use taco seasoning or ranch dressing mix would be great with a chicken hash.

You will also need a large skillet to make this recipe in. I recommend at least a 12″ skillet. A lid can be helpful for melting the cheese, but it isn’t a necessity. I have this skillet but a well-seasoned cast iron skillet would also work well.

I’m going to give you a recipe to follow, but please keep in mind this is only a guideline. Make it your recipe. I always serve it with ketchup and hot sauce on the side.

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A quick, easy meal that is a great way to use up leftovers in your refrigerator.

Servings: 4
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper, any color
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 16 oz. bag hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 8 oz. cooked meat or scrambled eggs*
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 3 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet until butter is melted. Add onion and bell pepper and saute until almost tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. 

  2. Add hash browns and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until potatoes start to brown in places. 

  3.  Add your cooked meat, salt, and pepper. Cook until meat is hot. Top with cheese and allow cheese to melt.

Recipe Notes

*Meat can include any of the following: chopped turkey, chopped ham, leftover chicken, bacon, sausage, ground beef, or scrambled eggs.


I serve this with hot sauce and ketchup at the table.

Do you have a favorite meal to use up leftovers at your house? If so, I would love it if you would leave a comment letting me know what that meal is.

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