It’s no secret, I have a split personality. I don’t mean like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, it’s more of redneck/white trash versus socially refined, kind of way. In other words, you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl.
I don’t live in a trailer park any more, no more Section 8 housing, no standing in line for free government cheese. Now I can afford to buy good food and even spring for some pricy items like truffles or lobster if I want too. But something about your roots, they just pull you in. Taking you back to another time, another palate. One, that frankly, I still enjoy (read my bio and you’ll see it’s true).
There are some of you who wouldn’t touch this sandwich with a ten foot pole, but I’m telling you, try and embrace the redneck that’s somewhere deep inside of you. If you can’t seem to find any low budget trashiness inside of you, imagine this sandwich is a star feature of Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-ins and Dives. Because this is exactly the kind of ‘dive’ food that people can’t get enough of. This sandwich was ridiculously good! You can pretend it’s the “in” thing.
This sandwich kind of represents both sides of me, a perfect mix of good ingredients and naughty ingredients. It starts with a beautiful croissant, toasted. Between it’s buttery and flaky layers is some crisply fried canned corned beef hash, topped by a perfectly cooked over easy egg sprinkled with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper then topped off by canned sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Perhaps I was just channeling “Chopped” and my ingredient basket contained: croissants, eggs, canned corned beef and canned cheese. How will I impress the judges? Believable, no? Of course I actually purchased the items, paid hard earned money for them, which means they are stocked pantry items…no way to cover it up, I like canned cheese and canned corned beef hash.
I have a confession, sometimes I like to squeeze the canned cheese directly into my mouth. Forget the crackers, my taste buds need to be instantly infused with the salty, creamy, cheesy, fake orange goo. If I’m trying to be good I’ll squeeze a little on my fingers, mmm, mmm, finger lickin’ good. Then when the can starts to sputter, pushing the last bit of cheesiness out, I put the nozzle in my mouth, clamp my lips down tight on it and suck…just like a straw (and if you were thinking anything else, shame on you). I suck out that last little bit that sticks in the nozzle…just too good and too naughty to waste.
BTW, I know I’m not the only one. I’m speaking to you, lady, from the party last Friday night. There, it’s out in the open, my secret love affair with canned cheese. Do any of you have a naughty taste for trashy food?
- 1 croissant
- 1/4 cup canned corned beef hash
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Split the croissant in half and toast. Heat a non stick pan over medium high heat, add the corned beef hash. Cook the has until it is brown and crisp on one side (3 to 5 minutes), then flip with a turner and cook the other side until it is crisps and browns, another 3 to 5 minutes. Note: While cooking the has push it together and flatten it so it makes a little patty, it’s much easier to flip and serve that way. Place the corned beef hash patty on the bottom half of the toasted croissant.
- In the same pan, melt the butter and add the egg, fry according to taste. Sprinkle the egg with a little salt and pepper and place on top of the corned beef hash patty. On the top side of the croissant, squeeze a layer of canned cheese over it. Place the top layer over the bottom half. Serve immediately.
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