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Empty-the-Fridge Savory Hash


When you happen to have a few extra potatoes lying around, what do you do? Clean out the fridge of course! There's nothing easier, and pretty much 100% delicious guaranteed - than throwing together a hash. Just chop up the taters, and throw in whatever you want to get rid of, and the result is always good. Today I saw I had two russets just sitting there, so I went to the veggie drawer and found some red onions, shallots and chopped kale, and in the deli drawer some sliced ham. And yes, I also had some leftover steak from a BBQ the night before. Chop it all up, throw it in a skillet, and dinner is done. But feel free to substitute with any produce or deli items you have on hand...

In a large skillet, heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil. Throw in some onions (white, green, shallots, red, whatever) with some garlic, and if you have fresh or canned chopped jalapenos, use some of that also. Cook a few minutes, then remove to a bowl and set aside.

Add a bit more olive oil to the same pan, and toss in the chopped potatoes. Cook stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. They should be softened, and also browned (a bit of a crust is what you're looking for). Add in the protein (diced ham and steak for me today), and stir well. Add the onion mix back in, and I like to add a teaspoon-ish of smoked paprika for a nice smoky taste. Add a large pinch of salt. Stir, and let cook, until potatoes are ready to go and the other fixin's are nicely browned as well. Today I also threw in a few handfuls of chopped kale, stirred well, covered, and let it all steam together for a few minutes.

I like to serve with a dollop of sour cream on top, with chopped parsley or cilantro. You (and/or your family) will eat it up. Comfort food at its best! And your fridge is a little more cleaned out.

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