Jimmy Villas is a great raconteur and terrific Southern cook, transplanted to the Hamptons on The East End of Long Island. Faith has eaten Jimmy’s excellent homemade biscuits with jam, a fact she mentions only to get a dinner invitation. And if she does get one, she wants him to make this terrific skillet hash. The secret ingredient is a small amount of bacon grease.
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease
- 1 medium onion minced
- 1/2 small green bell pepper seeded and minced
- 2 cups cooked chicken or turkey finely diced
- 2 cups cooked mashed potatoes
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves minced
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a large skillet, heat the bacon grease over moderate heat, add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and stir till softened, about 8 minutes.
- Add the chicken or turkey and potatoes and stir for 5 minutes longer. Add the cheese, parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper, and stir untill well blended.
- Using a heavy spatula, press the mixture down and let it cook till a brown crust forms on the bottom, about 10 minutes.
- Using two heavy spatulas, carefully flip the hash over in the skillet and cook till the other side is nicely crusted, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Slide the hash onto a plate, cut into 4 portions, and serve immediately.
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