I’m always looking for something fun to do with my leftover Corned Beef. I know it’s always good the next day just as is, but we so seldom have Corned Beef I really like to do something special. These Corned Beef Fritters are it!
I make the same Corned Beef & Cabbage every year. Year after year. It’s that good. But every now and then, I’m up for a bit of a change and this year was it. Even this Grandma wants to be a bit “trendy” once in awhile, if there is such a thing as a “trendy” Corned Beef.
Ok, so they’re not Irish and they’re not really Nachos. But what they are is ooey, gooey, cheesy potato deliciousness with the spiciness of nachos. And there’s bacon (or corned beef, if you have some) sprinkled throughout. You might call this an appetizer, but for us it was a fun meal.
First of all, no need for congratulations; I’m not pregnant! If I were, I’d have ice-cream with this. 🙂 I’ll admit, though, this is a decidedly different combination of ingredients, perhaps a bit odd, and it might just cause cravings! Flavorful corned beef, tart sauerkraut, sweet pickle and a touch of cheese all tucked into a crispy, tender pan-fried dumpling. See, nothing is sacred any longer…
This is an adaptation of Connemara Soup from the Simon Pearce Restaurant in Vermont. A rich tomato soup flavored with bacon (or as I did today, Corned Beef) and brimming with tomato, potatoes and healthy cabbage. If you’ve made a Corned Beef Dinner, a little left over Corned Beef and the vegetables can be diced up to make this tasty soup. Best of all, you can use some of that broth* from the Corned Beef Dinner, defatted, of course.
While Corned Beef Hash is wonderful, it does require some attention. These little Corned Beef Hash Cups are not just “cute” they save a bit of the last minute labor. One might very well be justified in feeling quite brilliant bringing these to the table for brunch! A crunchy little potato cup, softer, creamier potatoes in the middle, a layer of Corned Beef and a gorgeous egg on top, done as soft or as hard as you’d like.
There is Corned Beef Hash, and then there is Corned Beef Hash. I think Hash should be more than some lightly browned “Hash Browns.” At it’s best, it’s a dish with a crunchy crustiness, the outsides of the potatoes golden brown, the insides gorgeous and creamy. The Corned Beef should be crispy with just a bit of give, like a really nice bacon. There should always be a little something fresh. Egg, for me, is always optional, but makes this feel more like a meal.
The best reason for making Corned Beef is to have leftovers for Reuben Sandwiches – of course that’s just my own humble opinion! Corned Beef, sauerkraut, a good Pumpernickel or Marble Rye, a simple dressing of home-made Thousand Island; who could believe these flavors would meld into such a marvelous sandwich?
I can hardly wait every year as St. Patrick’s Day approaches. I love my Traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe, below – and I love the left overs just as much! I hope you’ll love this little series of Corned Beef recipes just as much! Reuben Sandwiches, oh my goodness…Nested Corned Beef Hash Cups? Traditional Corned Beef Hash? Who could turn that down?