This is a Cinematic Christmas Feast with your hosts The Mind of Schmid and Hungry Enough To Eat Six! This is our first co-blog event, dedicated to famous foods from our favorite Christmas specials.
One Christmas parody song refers to these holiday programs as “stale TV specials.” But come on, Christmas movies and TV specials are the best! Go ahead and roll your eyes, but we all have our favorite lines (“Nobody wants a Charlie-in-the-Box!“)
Stale or not, even if they are rerun for 24 straight hours on Thanksgiving Day, they are a time-honored part of the Christmas season! My good friend Schmid had the idea of of doing this post together, to make well-known dishes from a famous Christmas special. Brilliant!
At first the only dish I could think of was the dried-out turkey from Christmas Vacation, which I was not anxious to replicate. He offered up the Chinese turkey (duck) from A Christmas Story. However, he said he had tried doing duck once before and almost burned down his house.
Running through lists of holiday movies, TV specials and their famous foods I came to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” There is the Roast Beast of course, that the Grinch finally carves at the end. Unfortunately that image of the half-torso of an unnamed animal with legs askew, adorned with booties… not super-appealing.
There IS however the Who Hash. The Whos were down to their last can. And the Grinch just took it! I knew that this was the dish for me.
Unlike the Grinch, I prefer a Who Hash that’s a cut-above the canned variety. This recipe for Who Hash has diced, fresh potatoes, onions and some Roast Beast!
Not a half-torso, just some slices. And to paraphrase How the Grinch Stole Christmas: I, I myself, Nan, diced the Roast Beast.
We had a lovely, savory dinner of Who Hash. Fahoo Fores Dahoo Dores. The recipe is below. And be sure to check out my other contribution to the Cinematic Christmas Feast, my Gourmet Macaroni & Cheese, made in homage to Home Alone!
***Please hop over to The Mind of Schmid and check out Schmid’s post for our co-blog event! His Cinematic Christmas Feast features Ain’t Yo Mama’s Meatloaf and has a hefty dose of bacon. Bacon, people!!
- 3 cups diced potatoes
- ½ pound roast beef, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine in a bowl the diced potatoes, diced roast beef, and diced onion.
Add in the milk, salt, and hot sauce. Stir to combine.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat until it’s hot, so that a piece of onion dropped in will begin to sizzle. Spread the diced mixture over the bottom of the skillet in an even layer.
- Cook the layer for about 10 minutes, pressing down occasionally with a spatula, until a brown crust forms on the bottom. Then, stir the contents and continue cooking for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the hash is cooked and browned throughout.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
- Makes 4 servings or fills 2 Who Hash cans.
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