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Mom, What's For Dinner? .... $4 Hash

When I was a little girl, my mother always fixed hash. It was one of my favorite meals. So I called her up and asked "Mom, how do you make your hash?" I knew she used left over roast beef. She started to tell me how she boiled her potatoes with onion.... "But mom, my potatoes are already cooked. I cooked them with my roast" She told me she wasnt sure because she always cooked her potatoes fresh, she never had left over potatoes. The only thing she used left over was the roast and gravy. "Gravy? You used left over gravy? I thought you made a roux?" So to make a long phone conversation short and not bore you, here's what I came up with.

I bought a large roast and cooked it in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots Friday. Saturday we had leftovers for lunch. Today, I still had 1/3 of the roast and several potatoes left and decided to make hash since my husband and son have never ate it. Here's how I made it:

3-4 cups of broth (I cook my roast with 1 package of Lipton Onion soup mix and 2 beef boullion cubes) FREE

4-6 potatoes (of course, mine were already quartered and cooked. I just heated them up in the microwave) 1.00

1- 1 1/2 lbs left over roast, cubed & heated in microwave 2.00

2 envelopes brown gravy mix 1.00

Combine broth and gravy mix together and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and roast. Simmer until all is thoroughly hot. Do not stir, or roast beef will fall apart. Serve over bread.


  1. I love how people have different names for the same meals; I run into it all the time.

    Your picture? I'd call that a "hot roast beef sandwich" or "open face beef sandwich". It looks really yummy, BTW. :)

    What I call hash is when I take the leftover roast, potatoes and carrots, chop them up into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces, toss it all into a skillet with a little butter or oil, and fry it up until the potatoes and carrots start to brown. If it's a little dry, I use a bit of the broth from the roast. Do you make that? And if so, what do you call it?

    Don't even get me started on chicken and noodles! A met a woman online who wanted to debate what they are and how they are made and served. Because of that conversation, we've been online friends for 5 years now! :)

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  3. annie For us a hot roast beef sandwich is more or less just like this only with mashed potatoes. I agree, it's fun to see what everyone calls their dishes. My mother's goulash is nothing like what you typically would find online in recipes. I did search for the hash and found it done both ways. I need to try the fried version. I'm sorry, but chicken n noodles is cut and dry! lol :)

  4. This would be a hot roast beef sandwich for us too. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Some folks claim that chicken and noodles was chicken noodle soup.

    The friend I mentioned made chicken and noodles the way I make them, but she serves them over mashed potatoes. I had never heard of that, but she said "everyone" she knew served them that way, and she only lives about 100 miles from us.

    Do you serve them over mashed potatoes? :)