The Totally Absurd Breakfast Explosion Hash

April  9, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

My husband cooks me breakfast every weekend. And it's crazy, but my favorite part of the plate is when the english muffin smeared with jam accidentally (on purpose) touches the sunny side up egg covered in sambal oelek. Sweet, spicy, eggy, wonderful!

This "hash" is inspired by that sweet and spicy combination. It sounds completely ridiculous, but hear me out - the pancetta cubes crisp up and almost resemble corned beef (the classic hash meat that everybody knows and loves). The slightly sweet cornflakes and extremely spicy sambal oelek combine for that perfect flavor combination. Unlike most hashes, which I find unpleasantly "mushy," this has some texture to it! And of course, you have to "put an egg on it!" (my life motto). —foxeslovelemons

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 pound pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 2 cups cornflakes
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
  • Milk or chicken broth (optional)
  1. In a large skillet, cook pancetta over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until crispy and most of the fat has rendered, stirring frequently. Spoon off and reserve all but 2 teaspoons drippings.
  2. Stir in onions and sambal oelek, cook 30 seconds. Add cornflakes and stir to combine; cook 1 minute. If cornflakes are too crunchy for your taste, stir in a splash of milk or broth at a time, until they are a suitable consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, fry the eggs (you'll want to start this step in the last few minutes of the pancetta cooking time). Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add enough of the reserved pancetta drippings to thinly coat the bottom of the skillet. Add eggs; sprinkle with pepper. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until whites are cooked through and yolks are still soft.
  4. Spoon hash onto plates; top with fried egg and garnish with parsley.

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2 Reviews

inpatskitchen April 10, 2013
Sambal oelek, pancetta AND corn flakes (my favorite cereal as a kid!)....Love it!
foxeslovelemons April 11, 2013
Thanks Pat! I'm glad to have found another sambal fan! Most people prefer sriracha, which I also like. But for eggs, it's all about the sambal!