Turkey Vegetable Hash

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Turkey Vegetable Hash

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving…spending time with loved ones, eating their fill of good food, and being thankful for life’s blessings, big and small.

And now, Happy Black Friday, all!

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If you’re not familiar with it, Black Friday is not nearly as grim as it sounds…in the U.S., this refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving. It’s the busiest shopping day of the year, and most retailers have extended hours and sales galore.

There is much speculation as to where its name comes from…a few explanations include it puts retailers in the black, profit-wise…or bargain shoppers act so unruly that their behavior besmudges them…or a well-loved retail worker named Black (who incidentally always wore a black suit) died one year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. (For more speculation on the origin of the name “Black Friday”, see Wikipedia, The City Desk, or About.com.)

Whether you’re shopping today or not, odds are that you have leftover turkey to use, which is where this quick, easy, and delicious dish comes in. Serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and for something really special, plate it up with a fried egg on top.

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Turkey Vegetable Hash
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Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 medium (about 1½ lbs) potatoes, cleaned and cubed (peeled if desired)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped (I used red, but you can use any color)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked turkey (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley
  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add the potato and cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until all the veggies are tender, about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the garlic, thyme, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the turkey and lemon juice and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits that have formed on the bottom; cook until warm throughout, about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat, stir in the parsley, and serve.
Recipe was inspired by and adapted from my recipe for Baked Egg Skillet with Vegetable Hash and Ina Garten’s recipe for Basil Chicken Hash.

Turkey: You can substitute chicken if you prefer. If you don’t have cooked turkey or chicken, you can use 1 to 1½ lbs chicken breast; trim any fat, cube it, then sauté it in a little olive oil until fully cooked and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

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  1. says

    I hope you had a lovely holiday, Faith. I didn’t do turkey this year… duck breast for 2 instead. But I do love turkey and turkey hash for a way to rev up leftovers. Lovely photos!!

  2. says

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you Faith! I would love to spend the day shopping and come home to a wonderful meal made from the delicious turkey with veggies from T day, it looks just perfect;-)

  3. says

    Mmm, the prettiest leftovers I’ve seen in awhile. And I love thyme with turkey (nicer than powerful sage, in my opinion). I’ve got all the ingredients so I think this will get made this weekend. Thanks :D

  4. says

    Hashes are my favorite way to use up leftovers or to put dinner on the table when I have no idea what else to cook! This looks delicious! I hope you had a great thanksgiving, Faith!

  5. says

    Oooh, I like this idea for leftover turkey! Usually I see a lot of sandwiches, but this is much nicer. I was so intrigued to read about the speculation on how “Black Friday” was named b/c I always assumed it was named that b/c the sales started while it was still dark outside! lol

  6. says

    This actually sounds like a great way to put a different sort of twist on a tofu stir fry! Instead of the turkey, super firm tofu would be awesome here, I love the sound of all those savory seasonings. :)

  7. says

    I’m glad to have this recipe, Faith. I have a good one for leftover roast beef (which I actually like better than the roast beef itself) and your turkey hash looks to be delicious and soon to become something your family requests. Wonder if we’ll like this better than the turkey dinner? :)

  8. says

    I wish I still had leftover turkey! This looks delicious, as always, and your words make me smile, yet again. I hope you have a blessed week and a wonderful season of joy and food and fun.

  9. says

    I think I like the Thanksgiving leftovers almost BETTER than the Thanksgiving feast, itself. There’s something to be said for the guilty pleasure of raiding the fridge late at night afterward to make something so wonderful as this hash.

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