We tend to be a bit snooty about canned corned beef, yet in Nana’s day it made a cheap and easy meal. During WWI, Kiwi soldiers lived off the stuff at Gallipoli, where they ate bully beef (canned corned beef), biscuits and jam. This meal satisfies even the fussiest of eaters, and is nice with a fried egg on top.
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 453g can corned beef, mashed with fork (I used Pacific brand)
- 2 cups diced cooked potatoes (about 5 medium potatoes)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 spring onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Melt butter in a large frying pan. Add onion and saute.
2 Remove onion and put in a bowl with remaining ingredients. Mix well. If it doesn’t hold together, add a little milk.
3 Heat more butter in the pan, then add hash mixture.
4 Leave to form a crisp crust on the bottom, then mix around to get the other bits nice and crispy.
5 When all is crispy, serve with a fried egg on top.