Pytt y panna (Little pieces in a pan)

I wish I'd known about this dish earlier in my life, because it's the sort of brilliant everyday dish I absolutely love. Essentially it's a hash. Everyone I spoke to in Sweden seemed to have their preferred method of making theirs; this is mine. The one thing that seems to be consistent is that it usually involves using leftover meat and potatoes. The idea is to chop and slice all the ingredients into roughly 1–2cm cubes and add them to the pan as you go. So you're prepping and frying until everything is beautifully cooked.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving)

Calories
788kcal
Carbs
50.1g
Sugar
9.7g
Fat
47.4g
Saturates
15.9g
Protein
40.3g

Serves 6   Approx time: 35   Difficulty: super easy

Ingredients

  • 2 thick slices higher-welfare smoked bacon, or 6 rashers of higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon
  • 2 quality smoked or regular sausages, cooked
  • 300 g quality cooked brisket, or other leftover cooked meat
  • 80 g salami, skin removed
  • 2 small onions, peeled
  • 3 large carrots, quartered
  • 1 kg potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary and thyme, leaves picked
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 quail's eggs
  • 1 jar dill pickles, to serve

For The Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon good mustard
  • 1 tablespoon good-quality cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small handful fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
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    Method

    Swedes always serve this topped with a raw egg yolk. That might freak some people out, but you've got to get your head around it because the idea is that you toss it all up yourself and the yolk enriches the whole thing as it slowly gets cooked by the residual heat.

    Heat a really wide shallow non-stick pan on a medium heat. Chop your bacon into small pieces and fry for 2 to 3 minutes so that the fat starts to render out. While that's happening, chop up your sausage, brisket and salami into cubes, and add to the pan as you go. Do the same with the onions, carrots, potatoes and herbs. Keep stirring to make sure nothing catches, using your spoon to scrape all the goodness from the bottom of the pan. Turn the heat down if you think it's cooking too fast. Have a taste to check the seasoning; the salt in the smoked meats will probably be enough, but add a pinch of salt and a good pinch of pepper if you think it needs it.

    Keep stirring as it cooks and after about 20 minutes, once the potatoes and carrots have softened and everything looks delicious, make your dressing by putting all the dressing ingredients into a jar (reserving the dill flowers if you have them). Pour the dressing into the pan – the acidity will be fantastic with all that rich meat. Carefully separate the egg whites from their yolks and put them to one side. If you want to, leave the yolks in their shells so everyone can tip their own egg yolk into their dish and stir it through. That will give the dish a bit of a theatrical edge.

    Divide your pytt y panna between the plates. Make a well in the top and add a yolk (or eggshell with a yolk in it) to each one. Load up a side plate with dill pickles, and roughly chop your dill flowers and scatter them over. The combination of meaty comforting hash, egg for sheen, dressing for acidity and herbs for freshness is insane. Go for it!

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