Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, trouble

Corned Beef and Cabbage will be on a lot of tables this weekend.

I love it – when I can get it. I can’t get corned beef here.

Actually, when we lived in Ireland there was no corned beef there, either.

There were boiled dinners, of course, with potatoes, cabbage and carrots. But the meat used would have been a slab of bacon, a piece of ham or pig cheeks.

I remember going to the big market in Cork in the spring and seeing a counter lined with pig heads. I thought they were a plastic decoration.

They weren’t – they were for cooking and I haven’t a clue how.

If you want the taste of traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage, but not the work or time involved try this.

And if you make the classic over the weekend, do this with the leftovers on St. Patrick’s Day (Monday).

Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 onion
  • 1 1/2 cups cabbage
  • 8oz (240gr) deli corned beef or baked ham 
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs white vinegar  it helps keep the whites together

Corned Beef with Poached Eggs


  • Cut potatoes and carrots into large bite-size pieces and steam for 10 – 15 minutes over medium-high heat, until vegetables are just tender. 
  • Chop onion, celery and mince garlic. 
  • Roughly chop enough cabbage to equal 1 1/2 cups.
  • Cut corned beef or ham into bite-size pieces. 
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add onion, celery, cabbage and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. 
  • Cover, reduce heat and let cook for 5 minutes longer or until potatoes and carrots are done.
  • Add potatoes, carrots, beef or ham, to skillet, increase heat to medium, and let fry, undisturbed, for about 7 minutes. 
  • Then turn/stir, spread back out and let fry, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. 
  • Repeat, turning and frying until it is as golden and crispy as you like it. 
  • When it’s done to your liking, reduce heat and poach eggs. 
  • The Eggs:
  • Fill a large skillet with water.  The water should be at least 1 1/2″ (4cm) deep.
  • Heat water over medium-high heat. 
  • Add vinegar. 
  • When water is softly boiling reduce heat and poach eggs: one at a time break egg into a small saucer.  Swirl a spoon in the water where you will put the egg – off to one side.  When water is swirling drop egg into center.  With slotted spoon try to keep the white together. 
  • Do next egg. 
  • With regular spoon scoop some hot water over tops of eggs. Poach for 2 – 3 minutes or until white is set but yolk is still very soft. 
  • Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and put on hash.
  • To serve: 
  • Put half of the hash on each plate and top with a poached egg.

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If you’re using leftovers from a Corned Beef and Cabbage Boiled Dinner it’s even easier. Just cut it all into bite-size pieces and fry in a large skillet until it’s as crispy as you like it.

I was sitting quietly at my desk in school the other morning waiting for class to start. My teacher poked her head in the door and asked me to come into her office.

I’ve never liked being called into the teacher’s office. Experience has taught me that nothing good ever comes of it.

There was another teacher there, and someone I didn’t know. They asked me if I would be willing to go the local school and talk about the U.S.

I hesitated.

They encouraged – said it would be easy.

I agreed – as long as it was in English. I assumed they wanted me to talk to their English class in American English. Something that comes up often in my French class is differences between American and British English.

They laughed….

And said, of course not. I would be speaking in French.

The students they want me to talk to don’t speak any English. They’re young just in third grade.

I said no, I couldn’t possibly do that. I mean, why would they even think I was capable of doing that?!?

They laughed….

And said of course you can

And then the platitudes….. Don’t worry; you’ll do fine; someone will be there to help.

Yeah, right….

Fortunately, I’ve been getting a lot of suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.

But, please, give me more.

I’m supposed to keep the little darlin’s occupied for 30 minutes.

Did I mention that I had to do it all in French?

Maybe I’ll just take the dogs with me….

10 thoughts on “Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs, trouble”

  1. Good luck. I battle to get out a couple of sentences at Alliance française each week but 30 whole minutes – that is another level completely!! The dogs would be a distraction but even photos of the dogs to illustrate some of their antics might help. I’m sure they wouldn’t have asked if they did not think you could do it. If you can get the children joining in , they may take over from you!
    I haven’t done corned beef for years, I tend to do a Boston butt instead but this weekend it is ostrich steaks on the barbecue to celebrate the sun returning .

  2. YES – take the dogs. The kids will be so excited by those that they won’t care what you say. 🙂

    I appreciated what you said about corned beef not being Irish. It is funny to me how everyone serves it up on March 17th (mine is already boiled – I finish it off in the oven with a glaze). I remember when my friend from Ireland first heard about the St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage tradition. She was horrified.

  3. Third graders will have a hard time sitting through 30 minutes. Maybe tell them about the life of a ” typical” American third grader? What sports, what interests, what their school experience is like? If you have family pictures you can use to illustrate ( nieces,nephews) they will enjoy pictures. It seems scary but so nice that these youngsters will have your views to counteract the prevailing picture of Americans depicted in our movies and tv shows. Leave time at the end for their questions. That will shorten the time you spend presenting and will engage them more actively. Wow, good luck! When do you have to be ready?

  4. Good luck with that Katie. So gracious of you to be willing to do it. I have no suggestions but wish you well. Love your hash. Let us know how it went. Dogs always help.

  5. Don’t take the dogs – take cookies!

    They love to participate at that age. How about taking a big map of America and asking them to name some cities, then show them where they are on the map and give a little anecdote about the cities they name – New York = Statue of Liberty or bagels, Los Angeles = cinema, Boston = Tea Party!

    I’m not American, can you tell?

  6. Tanna, the dogs are always a hit – but maybe too big….

    Gill, haven’t had corned beef since we left the U.S., Never heard of it in Ireland

    Jerry, pig heads – the love pig heads LOL

    Pam, but I haven’t been in a third grade – or talked to a third grader in years….

    Thanks, Penny, I never did learn how to say now 😉

    Nightsmusic, thanks for the link – interesting… I love it and used to make it in winter.

    Kate, maps are good… and pictures of animals. They have McDo’s here for the burgers LOL

    syrahsuzie, cookies…. Too bad it’s not closer to Christmas.

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