Swedish Hash (Pyttipanna) is tasty, filling and ready in no time. An easy potato hash recipe that’s one of those ‘breakfast for dinner’ dishes — you would surely be making this regularly!
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Don’t know about you, but I can already feel summer ending. It’s now time to start looking at some quick ‘comfort food’.
This hash recipe is one of those for me. Brunch, lunch or dinner; there are no restrictions on when you can have Swedish hash (also called breakfast hash or potato hash).
A mix of potatoes, ham, smoked pork and sausage — I cannot imagine anyone not liking this dish. Traditionally, left-over potatoes are used for pyttipanna.
Thing is, we NEVER have left-over potatoes in our house (!), so I am using fresh potatoes in this recipe instead.
HOW TO MAKE SWEDISH POTATO HASH (PYTTIPANNA)
WHAT TYPE OF POTATOES SHOULD I USE IN THIS POTATO HASH RECIPE?
I always use the waxy types, not the floury ones.
They seem to hold their shape better and does not get mushy – despite the amount of mixing in the pan.
CAN I USE ANY KIND OF SAUSAGE FOR THIS BREAKFAST HASH?
Yes. I have always used lamb sausage in Stockholm.
However, since we’ve been living in Frankfurt for a couple of months now, I have been using ‘Frankfurters’ instead.
No complaints either way, so use whatever type of sausage you want.
CAN I USE BACON INSTEAD OF SMOKED PORK FOR THIS BREAKFAST HASH RECIPE?
I know that they are basically the same thing.
But in Stockholm, I can buy this chunk of smoked pork that is slightly less salty than bacon and looks better when cut into small cubes.
However, since you still need to adjust the seasoning, the finished product still tastes the same.
Tell you what, there was even a time that I used ‘pancetta’. Italian smoked pork… right? 😉
IS IT OK TO USE BUTTER FOR THIS BREAKFAST HASH?
Butter is used traditionally in pyttipanna, not olive oil. So, if you love butter, feel free to use it instead.
CAN I USE CREAM IN THIS POTATO HASH RECIPE?
You might be wondering – huh?! 🙂 Some Swedes do add cream when they prepare this breakfast hash. I’ve tried it. I did not like it. I feel it makes the dish ‘heavier’.
If you’re curious, give it a try. You might like it more than I did.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PYTTIPANNA?
Serve it with fried egg and pickled beets – that’s how it’s traditionally done in Sweden.
I oftentimes skip the fried egg, but since pickled beets is pretty much a staple in Swedish households, I always have them with this potato hash.
But if you don’t have neither of them, don’t you worry! It will not lessen your enjoyment of Swedish hash. 🙂
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Swedish Hash (Pyttipanna)
- 1 & 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 500 grams potatoes (about 5 medium-sized potatoes), peeled and cut into tiny cubes
- 1 medium onion, sliced finely
- 100 grams smoked pork or bacon, cut into tiny cubes (about 1/2 cup, heaping)
- 100 grams ham, cut into tiny cubes (about 1/2 cup, heaping)
- 150 grams sausage, cut into tiny cubes (about 1 cup)
- salt and pepper, for seasoning
- parsley, chopped roughly for garnish (optional)