Dads Simple Cornbeef Hash with my BBQ beans

Corned beef…I know what you’re thinking. That strange cube of meat that comes out of the can with the stupid twist opener you always snap. Not exactly gourmet, but I love it, and I’m sure you will too if you give this recipe a try.

My dad used to make this for me and my brother as kids. Corned beef, onions and lots of potatoes all fried together and then baked in the oven with cheese on top (the best bit) until golden brown and crispy. He would make this for us pretty often and serve simply with baked beans. Just no nonsense, good and simple, wholesome food.

You can make this with just 4 ingredients: potatoes, onion, corned beef and cheese. No tricks, this is really that simple. I added chilli for a little bit of a kick but it’s up to you on seasoning. 

  • Potatoes – 1-2 per person
  • Corned beef – 1 can
  • Medium onion – 1 
  • Cheddar cheese – a handful grated

It’s a casual family style dish so don’t be precise, just chuck it all in.

If there’s one key word for this dish, it’s simple. First things first, get on a pot of salted water, enough for your potatoes. Don’t worry about peeling them, it’s a hash so let’s make a hash of it. Dice up your onion, grate your cheese and open your can of corned beef. Keeping up? Cut your potatoes into about 1/4 inch chunks( don’t worry about them all being the same size), then put them in the salted boiling water and cook for about 6-10 minutes, depending on the size, until they are tender but not overdone. 

Meanwhile, fry up your onions in a touch of oil and add the corned beef, breaking it into clumps as you cook is fine. When your potatoes are done, drain them and give them a shake. Now throw the potatoes into the frying pan, add some pepper and fry for a few minutes until it all starts to crisp and colour.

Finally, take a small pan or a dish, load it all in and bake it for 10 minutes, finishing it off by sprinkling the cheese on top and leaving under the grill for a few minutes until golden and brown. Serve with some chunky bread and some good old baked beans. (I drained some beans and added my BBQ sauce, a constant staple in our fridge, to add a spicy punch. If you haven’t tried my BBQ sauce recipe yet then now is the time. Click the link to get started.) And you’re done! Dig in.

This meal takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. It is not complicated and very satisfying. If you’re not sold on corned beef yet, give this a try see if I can change your mind. 

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