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Lancashire potato hash is proper comfort food. This retro dish often called  ‘tattie’ash’, ‘tayter’ash’ or ‘potato ash’ is a one pot classic made with just minced beef, onions, carrots, potatoes and beef stock it’s a very thrifty, economical family dinner. Warming and filling and super easy to make. 

Lancashire Potato Hash is a recipe my grandma used to cook when I was a child.

She’d simmer up huge panfuls of the stuff, there was eight people lived in our house and proper Lancashire potato hash was a low cost easy way to feed us all!

Typically we’d get a big bowlful of Lancashire potato hash with a dollop of pickled red cabbage on the side and a plateful of buttered white bread to dip in and mop up the gravy with.

Proper norther comfort food – cheap, easy and filling. Cooking up a pan of minced beef hash now takes me right back to being a kid, sat on the step eating dinner!

black le creuset saucepan filled with Lancashire potato hash

Ingredients for Lancashire Potato Hash

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  • 15ml olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef mince
  • 400g carrots
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1kg potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • heaped tsp cornflour – mixed into a drop of water (if needed to thicken)

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How to make Lancashire Potato Hash

black le creuset saucepan filled with Lancashire potato hash
  • Peel and chop the onions into rough chunky slices.
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  • Add the olive oil to a large saucepan
  • Gently sauté the onions until they’re softening
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  • Tip the beef mince into the pan and break up with a wooden spoon.
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  • Brown the mince over a medium heat – stirring with a wooden spoon to stop it sticking.
Le Creuset black saucepan filled with sauted onions and beef mince, blue saucer to the side filled with peeled, sliced carrots.
  • Tip the carrots into the pan and mix them into the minced beef and onions.
black Le Creuset saucepan filled with sautéed onions and beef mince - pile of sliced carrots tipped in ready to stir around
  • Make up the beef stock with boiling water.
  • Tip the stock into the saucepan and stir.
  • Bring the pan to the boil, then reduce the heat and put the lid on – simmer for around 30 minutes.
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  • Once the mince, onions and carrots are cooked through – peel and thinly slice the potatoes.
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  • Gently mix the sliced potatoes into the minced beef and onions.
  • Bring the Lancashire potato hash back up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
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  • Once the Lancashire potato hash is cooked through you may need to thicken the gravy.
black Le Creuset saucepan filled with lancashire potato hash ready to cook
  • If the gravy needs thickening you can do this using a tsp of cornflour mixed into a drop of cold water and stirred through the stew.
black le creuset saucepan filled with Lancashire potato hash

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Can I make Lancashire potato hash with sweet potatoes?

Sure you can – just remember they take a little less time to cook – maybe 10 minutes would be long enough

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What meat can I make potato hash with?

To keep the potato hash recipe cheap and thrifty we use minced beef but you could also use…

  • Corned beef – to make a traditional corned beef hash
  • Minced lamb
  • Stewing steak (just cook it for longer) 

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How to make potato hash pie

Once your potato hash is cooked – tip it into a pie dish and add a pastry lid – we love the ready rolled pastry packs – just because they’re so easy!

Cook in the oven for around 20-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked through and golden brown. 

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What goes with Potato Hash?

You can’t go wrong with a side pickled red cabbage or beetroot, some crusty bread and a dollop of brown sauce or ketchup. 

You could also add a side of buttered peas, cabbage or broccoli. 

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Make Potato Hash recipe your way

  • Want more veggies – add chopped parsnip or swede
  • Don’t fancy beef – try lamb mince and serve with mint sauce
  • Make potato hash with corned beef –  ‘corned beef hash’ and make it with a can or two of corned beef.
  • You could use leftover roast meat from the Sunday dinner instead of mince.
  • Need it to stretch further – add a can or two of Heinz baked beans – this might sound odd but it kinda makes a tomato-y gravy that still tastes great!

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Proper old-school traditional Lancashire hot pot recipe – slowly simmered lamb and vegetable stew topped with sliced potatoes – proper comfort food at it’s best! Get the Lancashire Hotpot recipe here.

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Yield: Serves 4

Lancashire Potato Hash

black le creuset saucepan filled with Lancashire potato hash

A budget dinner recipe with minced beef, onions, potatoes and carrots - proper Norther comfort food

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 15ml olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 500g beef mince
  • 400g carrots 
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1kg potatoes 
  • 1 tsp cornflour

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and saute the onions over a low heat until softened.
  2. Add the beef mince and brown whilst gently stirring and breaking it up.
  3. Add the carrots and hot beef stock - season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Bring the stew to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on the pan for around 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes tip in the sliced potatoes and stir in gently - bring the stew back to the boil and simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  6. If the gravy needs thickening - mix a tsp of cornflour with a drop of water and stir it through the stew - warm through until thickened.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 658Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 43g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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