After doing the corned beef pie recently, I still had half a tin remaining to use up. I could have done another 4 portion pie and popped it in the freezer (except the freezer is bulging with fruit at the moment), but instead I made a kind of hash. The fritters/hash/what you will were very tasty, and again, we both had them 2 days running. The dollop of red you can see on the plate is something called Thrilli Chilli which I got, literally, years ago at a farmers market. Half a tin will make 2 x 2 person servings.
I had some Pink Fir Apple potatoes and red onions that I had grown in the garden, so I used those. But I will price it as if bought.
For each person
about 200g potato, grated, skin and all, Asda 2kg/£1.18, 12p
about 100g raw onion, finely chopped 98p/kg, 10p
from your half tin of corned beef, cut it into half, then half again. So each person has 1/8th of a tin. Dice the corned beef, £1.89 a tin, 1/8th = 24p
sprinkle of flour 1p
Now just mix the potato, onion, beef and flour together (the flour is just so the hash sticks together, leave it out if you want it gluten free) and season it with whatever you like. I just added a little salt and pepper, but you could add chilli, mustard, perhaps some horseradish, garlic, ginger, you could add some chutney now if you like. Whatever you think will taste good, and give it all a good mix.
Heat a frying pan, not too hot, and add a little oil. Dividing each portion into 2 patties, place in the pan and leave to gently cook for about 10 minutes. You are aiming here for a nice crispy, golden bottom, so you just want a gentle heat. You also need to have a gentle heat to allow the insides to cook, we don’t want half raw potato and onion, yuk. Lift it gently every now and then to check on progress. When the bottoms are crisped, gently turn them over and repeat for that side. Then serve them up and enjoy.
The outsides were crispy and golden and the inside soft and melting, really delicious. Although they take a little while to cook, you don’t have to stand by them, you can get on with something else
Hot vegetables would be just as nice with these as a crispy salad, or maybe some crusty, buttered bread. If you had grown some potatoes and onions in the garden, and served these with runner beans, it would be very cheap indeed, just the price of the beef, 24p.
You could add a little cheese to melt through these, or replace the corned beef with bacon or value ham, or the chorizo stick thingies (that I now realise are actually salami – oh well). I have done these with the scraps from a chicken. When I have a whole chicken, I try to always remove all the meat, then boil it up with some water and bay leaves to make stock. Then when it has cooled enough, I strip off all the tiny bits of meat left on the carcass. Mostly they just go in the soup but these little scraps, believe it or not, are enough to make fritters for 2, so it’s almost free, in a way. Sometimes I use those scraps to make patties with mashed potato, rather then raw, with cabbage/sprouts. Just as nice, but in a different way.
If you wanted to make them vegetarian, you could use a little cheese, a good melting type if you can, or maybe some of that Morrisons blue cheese, that would be lovely.
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