Kielbasa Breakfast Hash is a hearty breakfast made with kielbasa, russet potatoes, vegetables, cheese, and eggs. Try my Pulled Pork Hash for another delicious and filling way to start your day!
Kielbasa Breakfast Hash
Most folks use corned beef in hash with a few fried eggs on top. But in reality, hash can be any combination of meat and potatoes. Learning how to make breakfast hash is easy because hash can basically involve anything, and, it’s a great way to use up leftover ingredients from veggies to meat. This recipe has lots of veggies, potatoes, and kielbasa as the meat. This dish could be made for any meal, not just breakfast!
Potatoes: I prefer russet potatoes in hash recipes. But Yukon gold potatoes would also work well. If you want to save some time in this recipe you can use frozen cubed potatoes which are called “Diced Hash Potatoes” or “Southern Style Hash Brown Potatoes” in your frozen food section of the grocery store. And yes, you can certainly opt for traditional hash browns, which are grated potatoes.
Kielbasa: Kielbasa (sometimes also called ring sausage) is a flavorful, lightly smoked sausage that is pre-cooked. You could also use Andouille sausage, Mexican Chorizo, or other sausages as substitutes.
Cheese: Shredded cheddar cheese was my cheese of choice if you want a cheesy hash. We also love Gruyere, muenster, jack, and pepper jack cheeses. You can add as little or as much as you would like! Or, if you are looking for a healthier option, omit the cheese altogether.
Eggs: Three large eggs were added to the top of the hash before it was baked. Baking time will determine how soft or firm the egg yolks will be.
Boiling the Potatoes and Kielbasa
Before you start putting together the breakfast hash, boil the potatoes and the kielbasa. To boil the potatoes, wash and dice them. It is up to you if you decide to peel the potatoes or not. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the diced potatoes. Cook them for 12-15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
To boil the kielbasa, get out a large, oven-safe skillet. This will be the skillet you cook the hash. Heat about 1/2-inch of water over medium heat. Add the kielbasa ring, cover the skillet with a tight-fitting lid, and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until browned. Flip over the kielbasa and cook another 5-7 minutes. The water will start to evaporate.
After you have boiled the kielbasa, remove it from the pan and slice it into rounds. After slicing into rounds, cut the rounds in half. Set the kielbasa aside and rinse out the skillet.
How to Make Kielbasa Breakfast Hash
After the potatoes and kielbasa have been prepared, it’s time to get the hash made. To the same skillet as you cooked the kielbasa, heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and diced bell peppers to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes until the veggies are softened.
Next, add the garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Then, add the kielbasa, followed by paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together and add the potatoes. Cook the ingredients together for 5-10 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
Top the hash with the shredded cheese. Finally, make three wells in the hash and crack an egg into each well. Bake Kielbasa Breakfast Hash on the top rack in the oven for 20-23 minutes. Baking time will be determined on how runny or firm you want the egg yolks.
Remove the hash from the oven and serve it topped with jalapeno peppers and scallions. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Do I Have to Boil the Kielbasa?
Kielbasa, when sold in the United States, is usually fully cooked. So, you really would not have to boil the kielbasa before adding it to the hash. However, I like to brown it a bit and make sure it is heated through, which brings out more of the flavor. You could also fry it ahead of time to brown it even more and add a little texture to the kielbasa.
What is the Difference Between Kielbasa and Sausage?
Kielbasa is a sausage that originated in Poland. Both kielbasa and sausage come in quite a few varieties. However, there are differences between the two. Kielbasa is usually shaped like a horseshoe or in a loop. It is made with coarsely ground meat which gives it more texture. Authentic kielbasa is made with pork or a combination of pork and beef, while sausage uses a variety of different meats. You can find kielbasa in most grocery stores. In America, kielbasa is also called ring sausage.
Kielbasa Breakfast Hash
- 5 russet potatoes, diced into ¼-inch cubes (peeling optional)
- 1 ring (14 ounces) kielbasa
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 red onion, diced (approximately 1 cup)
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced (approximately 2 cups)
- ½ red bell pepper, diced (approximately ¼ cup)
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup (113g) cheddar cheese
- 3 large eggs
- scallions, optional for garnish
- jalapeno peppers, optional for garnish111
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Bring a pot of water to boiling.
- Add diced potatoes and boil for 12-15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain the potatoes; set them aside.
- In a 12-inch, oven-safe skillet, heat about ½ inch of water over medium heat. Add kielbasa ring and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until browned. Flip and repeat on the other side. (The water will start to evaporate.)
- Remove the kielbasa from the pan and slice it into rounds about ¼-inch thick. Then, cut the rounds in half. Set the kielbasa aside and rinse out the skillet.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Move the oven rack to the top position.
- Rinse the large skillet and set it over medium heat. Add oil.
- Once the oil is hot, add onion and peppers. Heat for 3-5 minutes, or until softened.
- Add in garlic and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add the kielbasa and stir well.
- Add paprika, salt, and pepper and stir, making sure everything is fully incorporated.
- Add potatoes and stir. Cook 5-10 minutes, stirring every minute or so.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the hash.
- Make three wells in the hash. (I used a soup ladle.) Crack an egg into each well, adding more salt and pepper, if desired.
- Carefully place the hot skillet into the oven and bake for 20-23 minutes, rotating the skillet as needed every 5 minutes. This allows the eggs to cook more evenly. (For a runnier yolk, bake for a little less time; add more time for a firmer yolk.)
- Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and garnish it with scallions and jalapeno. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately.
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