A Tale of Two Hashes

This is a story/recipe but nothing like the story problems you used to get in school. Boy did I hate those! Who cares when a train gets to Chicago? Anyway, you may or may not know that I like to urge people to make recipes their own. If you find a recipe you like, try it once the way its written, sort of. After you’ve tasted it, make it they way you like. Add some of this. Delete that. Its your taste. Its your kitchen. Do it the way you like. In your kitchen, you are in control. Well, my housemate takes this concept to a whole new level.

One weekend morning she found some leftover, shredded pork from a smoked pork butt I had made recently. She decided she was going to make hash. Go girl!



  • Chicken/beef/pork - left-over and shredded
  • Diced potatoes - canned are fine unless you have some left over in the fridge
  • Seasoning (this can be anything and everything you like - read on)
  • Eggs, poached, fried over easy, sunny-side up, whatever


It started innocently enough. Shred the left-over pork/beef/chicken.
Chop up some potatoes (left-over if you have them) or use canned, celery and onions (white or red).
Combine shredded meat with chopped vegetables and mix well. Hands work well as long as they're clean. Season to taste. This is where the two roads in the woods diverge, big time. For mine, I requested the shredded meat, potatoes, onion, black pepper, a little minced garlic, salt and capers (I love capers). Patricia opted for everything I had in mine PLUS mushrooms, ginger, apples, pine nuts, hot sauce, lemon/pepper seasoning, cumin, cinnamon, white pepper, radishes, hot curry, cardamom, balsamic vinegar, olives and honey. I was taking notes and probably missed something, but you get the idea.
Even the cooking methods varied. Mine was done in a skillet.
Hers was done in a wok. Just because.

They both looked pretty much the same when they were done, though, and they were both enjoyed. If this doesn’t bring home the idea of making a recipe your own, I don’t know what will.

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