A pretty silly question, I know, but I sure would like any and all help on this from you, my talented, creative readers.
Here's what I'm talking about. Every time my grandma made a beef pot roast, she would use the leftover meat to make a hash that was to die for. It had potatoes and I think a few onions in it along with the meat. I don't think she ground any of it, but rather just chopped the ingredients as I remember the potatoes as being in tiny cubes.
She put it in a casserole dish and baked it in the oven. Did she use any liquid or broth? Again, I don't know but the serving of hash on the plate was not wet or mooshy at all. And it had a crispy crust on top. Not a pastry crust but just the browned potatoes and beef.
Am I making any sense here at all? Not just my grandma but my mom and all of her siblings that might possibly remember how Grandma made her hash have all passed on now so I can't ask them. (Unless one of them sees fit to send down some divine knowledge. Hello? Hellooo? Anybody listening??) I know for sure Grandma didn't have a written recipe; heck, she never used a recipe for ANYTHING!
I remember one of my aunts telling the story of trying to get measurements for the wonderful Scotch Shortbread Grandma always made at Christmas time. She asked Grandma to tell her when she was going to make a batch so that she could stand by her side and write down measurements. It proved to be a true challenge as Grandma just (literally) threw in sugar, flour, etc. until her mixture looked and felt right. We did end up with a recipe of sorts of which I have a copy but as my aunt always said, "It doesn't taste nearly as good as Grandma's, does it?"
So back to my original question. Do any of you make a hash from left over roast beef that you would be willing to share with me? I'll experiment with whatever you have to offer and maybe with a little help from Grandma's spirit standing at my elbow in the kitchen, I can come up with a passable dish of hash.