Thursday, March 19, 2020

On the Trainwreck Track ~ Corned Beef Hash Browns

My mother had a knack for throwing together leftovers into a delicious meal.  She called these type of dinners ~ trainwrecks.

Now that we are here,
what can we do with what we have?

Many of us have chosen to stay home and help flatten the Coronavirus curve. We will often need to be creative with our cooking/baking and make due with what we have on hand.  Thus the trainwreck...

On Tuesday, St Patrick's Day, I made corned beef, potatoes, and carrots. (Thankfully, I purchased the corned beef a few weeks earlier.)  It was delicious!  On Wednesday, we had almost all of the leftover corned beef, potatoes, and carrots.  It was delicious.  As we only had 2 slices of corned beef left, today I decided to hop on the ol' trainwreck track and whip together a Corned Beef Hash Brown casserole. It was really delicious!

Gina's Corned Beef Hash Brown Trainwreck

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Spray a 8" x 8" casserole dish with cooking spray.  Layer thawed hash browns (I used frozen - thawed shredded hash browns) in pan.  I didn't measure how much but I would guess it was about half of a medium size bag.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a skillet.  Add whatever diced vegetables you have on hand.  (I used onions and peppers.)  Saute for a few minutes.  Dice leftover corned beef and add to skillet.  Continue sauteing until the corned beef is warm.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Take the shredded hash browns out of the oven.  Sprinkle a layer of cheese (I used cheddar) on top of the potatoes. Layer the sauteed vegetables and corned beef on top of the cheese.  Add another layer of cheese.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 18 minutes (until cheese is melted and potatoes a bit crunchy).  Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Gina~

    Your casserole sounds delicious! We love anything made with potatoes and cheese, throw in corned beef and I'm sure it was a hit! I am trying to be more thrifty by using left-overs. We generally only eat 2 meals a day, so it has been pretty easy. I haven't had to go to the grocery store yet, but by next week we will need milk and perhaps eggs. This has been easier than I thought it would be, even with all of the isolation. We did have to go to two or three hardware stores today, but I stayed in the car while Bob ran inside. He was really careful not to touch anything and he stayed at least 6 feet away from anyone he saw...and of course slathered his hands with hand sanitizer when he got in the car. We're okay, we're calm and comfortable. We just keep praying and thanking Heavenly Father for our blessings!

    Stay well! XOXO

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Sweet Barb, potatoes and I have entered into a close relationship. I don't think I can go on without them! Stay well xoxo

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  2. Thank you for sharing your train wreck casserole! It sounded delicious. Bruce always cooks like there are 6-8 of us instead of just the two which means we have plenty of leftovers. I am a big fan of leftovers. Hope you are well! Enjoy your Friday and have a peaceful weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Robin. I think I am finally learning to cook for 2. I don't mind leftovers if you can switch them up a bit after a few days. :-)

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  3. Gina, I actually have some deviled ham and spam in my pantry. As a teen ager I loved a good fried spam sandwich!!lol We are staying in as well and I am trying to avoid the temptation to bake some goodies.:)

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    1. Arlene, I remember having spam a few times as a child. I think I liked it. I'm not sure what deviled ham is. Live it up! Bake some goodies!

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  4. I love the term 'trainwreck'! I like finding different ways to use leftovers. I wonder if we ladies of a 'certain age' are finding it easier than younger people to manage food in these awful times, simply because many of us have lived through periods of post war rationing where everything had to be made to go another day?

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    1. Barbara, your comment is very thought provoking! Thank you so much for sharing it. I do agree with you!

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  5. very creative, I am not that great with mixing meals, my hubby is good at doing that I just eat exactly what we had before as my left over :)

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    1. Hooray for your hubby! Enjoy! xo

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  6. Your train wreck looks wonderful, Gina. I’m very good at not throwing food away and using leftovers up or trying other ways of reinventing.

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    1. That's great, Kitty! Maybe this whole quarantined saga will give us all a new appreciation for what we have.

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  7. Sounds delicious, my dh often remarks of my skills to put a meal together with just a few leftovers, another thing you and have in common, I give the credit to my mother as a great example..
    Have a blessed day,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, our mothers were the best teachers, weren't they!

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