And every time, I have co-workers saying "where's mine?" and "hey, aren't you going to share?" So, awhile back, on a whim, I said "I could cook corned beef hash and eggs for St. Patty's day" - our manager heard this and said he'd cover the cost if I cooked for the whole branch - so fast forward to today, I just finished prepping corned beef hash for 50 people.
I think it's time for a Guinness!
Happy St. Patty's Day!!!
How much corned beef hash do you need for 50 people, you ask?
We went to Costco on Friday and bought most of the ingredients:
- 20 lbs of red potatoes
- 18 lbs of corned beef
- 10 lbs of onions
- 16 red peppers
- 4 lbs of butter
- 10 dozen eggs
We also picked up:
- chopped garlic
- kosher salt
- beef broth
- cheddar cheese
- orange juice
While they were cooking, I filled a 10 gallon food grade bucket about 1/3 full of water and commenced dicing 20 lbs of potatoes. I put them in the water to keep them from turning brown and to remove some of the starch.
I diced about 8 lbs of onion and all of the red peppers, then I diced all the cooked corn beef, removing the excess fat as I went.
I took 1 package of the pickling spices and crushed them in the mortar & pestal, along with peppercorns and then added it to 1/4 cup kosher salt.
I also mixed 4 cups of beef broth with a can of Guinness.
Then, I cooked!!
I put 2 tablespoons butter in a 16" skillet.
Along with 4 cups of diced corn beef.
2 cups of onion, 1 1/2 cups red pepper, a heaping tablespoon of garlic.
6 cups of potatoes, 3/4 cup of the beer/broth mixture and 2 teaspoons of the seasoning mixture.
I cooked this on high until the potatoes were softened most of the way and the liquid was cooked off.
I transferred to a large chaffing dish and did it all again until everything was cooked.
I ended up with 3 large chaffing dishes and a small pan without meat in it, for the vegetarians, I also used only Guinness on that batch, no beef broth.
Of course, you can make this in a much smaller scale for yourself! Just follow the per skillet recipe :)
Now, I'll be baking rolls - about 100 - tomorrow evening, then heating this all up as I am scrambling 10 dozen eggs on Tuesday morning to feed a hungry crew of 50 co-workers, and probably a few customers, too!
I'll update the post afterward to let you know how it all goes!
Wish me luck!!
Update - break fast was AMAZING! Everyone loved it!