Spinach and Ham Hash

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This is a repeat recipe for us, even though it’s not on the site (which is why I didn’t label it as a repeat recipe QotD post). It’s fabulous. Usually, I don’t care for most Rachael Ray recipes but this one was amazing. It’s a go-to brunch recipe for me if I’m heading to a potluck, or if I have anyone over for Sunday breakfast. You will LOVE it. Just don’t try to use dried thyme. Suck it up and use fresh. Trust me.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
2 tablespoons butter
8 small red potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 large ham steak, finely chopped
2 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped or, 1 box, 10 ounces, defrosted frozen chopped spinach, wrung dry in a kitchen towel
10 leaves fresh basil, chopped or torn, a few rounded spoonfuls of prepared store bought pesto may be substituted
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, a couple of generous handfuls

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, about 2 tablespoons, and 2 tablespoons of butter. While the pan is getting hot and the butter is melting, cut the potatoes in half and then thinly slice them, add to the hot skillet and season with salt, pepper, thyme and the crushed red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring every now and then, for about 10 minutes or, until potatoes have browned and are tender. Add the onion and the ham and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes

Finish off the hash by adding the roughly chopped spinach and basil to the potatoes. (Defrosted frozen spinach and some pesto would be added in at the same point if using substitutions.) Toss to wilt and warm the spinach. Sprinkle the hash with tomatoes and cheese and remove from the heat. Transfer the ham and spinach hash to plates. This is great with over-medium or easy fried eggs!

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