Sunday, March 13, 2016

Grandma Mac’s Hamburger Hash

My mom was staying with me while she got some business done in 2016. For March I asked her what she wanted to have. First March is her birth month and second I have been cooking for both of us. She wanted her mother’s hamburger hash. This was a situation where we had to recreate it from scratch. It is hamburger, onions, mushrooms, frozen corn, shredded potatoes, green bell peppers, sage, poultry seasoning, half & half, and salt. I have never made it before. Mom bought me an electric kettle/fryer/steamer from Goodwill. We used that device to do the last of the simmering of the dish.

I did not remember this dish that well. It did not taste like what I remembered; I realized it was missing black pepper. Mom is allergic to it. White and black pepper, cause an adverse reaction. This allergy was discovered when I was 7 or 8. Grandma’s always had pepper in it. I felt it needed garlic, but mom swore Grandma Mac did not use that much garlic. One thing we both remembered was towards the end Grandma added peas and carrots, the frozen medley variety. We used the more traditional corn as opposed to peas and carrots.

When I started this, I did not make sure I had all the spices needed. I thought I was out of sage and poultry seasoning. I was not out of sage, but still needed poultry seasoning. Mom went on a grocery run for this. I sautéed the mushrooms, onions and bell pepper in olive oil. Then I added the hamburger and sage. The poultry seasoning was added before I added the potatoes and half & half. Then I simmered it for 40 minutes then I added the corn and simmered another 10 minutes.

For a recipe, we were trying to recreate from memory, I think we did well. My mom used to make this when I was a kid. That has been decades ago. It came out wonderfully and creamy. This is not the most colorful dish. Potatoes, mushrooms, onions and hamburger tend to be very brown and grey. Taste wise it was on the spot.

Grandma Mac’s Hamburger Hash

2 lbs Hamburger
6-10 potatoes shredded (8 cups)
1 green bell pepper
1 lb mushrooms
1 cup of frozen corn
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sage
2 cups half & half
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a skillet or pot put the olive oil in the hot pan. Add the onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Sauté the vegetables on medium for 10 minutes. Add hamburger. Brown the meat 10-20 minutes. Drain the fat. Add sage, poultry seasoning, and salt simmer for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and half & half. Simmer on low for 40 minutes. Add corn simmer on low for 10 more minutes. Cool down for 10 minutes. 

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