Oct 3

Pork and Parsnip Hash for Cutco Fall Harvest + A Giveaway!

in Dairy-free, Fruits & Vegetables, Gluten-free, Main Course, Meat, Paleo, Refined sugar-free

Pork and Parnship Hash

I love dishes that combine lots of little bits of everything.  I get this love from my dad, whose style of cooking is to go into the kitchen and grab whatever he can find to create something to eat, whether it’s a sandwich, a salad, or what he calls “potage.”  I recently received a “Fall Harvest Prep Kit” in the mail from Cutco, so that I could participate in their Fall Harvest food blogger event, just about the same time that I was craving a hash, another dish that combines lots of little bits of everything (usually chopped meat, potatoes, seasonings, and sometimes other veggies) and requires lots of chopping.

Cutco Fall Harvest Kit

So in the spirit of celebrating the Fall Harvest I decided to whip up a hash that included flavors that I love during this time of year.  Plus, making a hash is a great way to hone some of your knife skills, since everything needs to be cut down to the same size so that it will all cook evenly!  This hash uses parsnips instead of potatoes, which I love because they combine the sweetness of carrots with the earthy starchiness of potatoes.  Parsnips can be a pain in the neck to cut if you don’t have a sharp knife, by the way, because the core can be tough!  This is one of the reasons why I love my Cutco Petite Chef knife, which I’ve owned for several years, because not only is it extremely sharp, but it also has an ergonomic handle, so your hand won’t get tired as quickly on big chopping jobs.  Perfect for chopping up lots of parsnips to make hash!

Chopping parsnips

I also added some amazing ground pork sausage from my friends at 5280 Meats in Colorado, which I picked up driving through town after a family reunion in August (more to come on them soon!), then some onion, celery, garlic, and fresh ginger.

Ingredients for Pork Parsnip Hash

I fried everything up in my wok and then finished it off with a bunch of fresh minced sage, which just sings of Autumn for me.

Pork and Parnship Hash 2

The finished hash is great as is, but it’s also fantastic served with a fried egg on top with a bit of hot sauce.  Depending on how you serve it, it could be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner!   Two items in the prep kit that I received, a Cutco 7-5/8-inch Petite Chef Knife and a Medium Poly Prep cutting board, are actually items I already own and love, so I am going to give them to one of you!  Giveaway details are after the recipe!  What is your favorite fall dish that requires lots of chopping?

Pork Parsnip Hash with a Fried Egg

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Pork and Parsnip Hash

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds parsnips (approximately 6 medium parsnips), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch square pieces
1 tablespoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, roughly cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound ground pork breakfast sausage
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage

1. Put the parsnips in a large saucepan with enough cool water to cover them by at least 1 inch, then add the kosher salt. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a rapid simmer, and cook until the parsnips are tender all the way through, approximately 5 to 8 minutes. Drain the parsnips well in a colander and let them sit.

2. Heat the coconut oil and olive oil in a wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and celery and stir-fry, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft and the onions are well browned, approximately 8 minutes. Then push the vegetables to one side of the wok and add the pork to the center of the pan. Break the meat into pieces (I like to use a bamboo spatula), stirring occasionally to make sure that the pork is browning evenly. Continue breaking the meat into smaller pieces and cooking it until it has evenly browned and is not longer pink. (You can break open a few of the larger pieces to make sure that it has browned all the way through.)

3. Add the garlic and ginger to the wok and mix everything together. Continue stir-frying until the garlic and ginger are fragrant, then add the drained parsnips to the wok and toss everything together. Cook the hash for another 4 minutes, alternatively folding the mixture over onto itself and mashing it together with a spatula, and letting it sit for periods of about 30 seconds in the pan to brown. Add the finely chopped sage and toss it with the hash and briefly stir-fry everything for an additional minute, then serve.


Cutco Chefs Knife and Cutting Board

Cutco Fall Harvest Giveaway

One (1) lucky reader will receive a Cutco 7-5/8″ Petite Chef Knife and a Medium Poly Cutting Board ($150 value).  This giveaway is open to all of my U.S. readers. Enter below and then get chopping!

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*Disclosure: I received a basket of items from Cutco, including the Petite Chef Knife and cutting board which I am using for this giveaway.  I received no other compensation for this post.  All opinions and experiences are my own.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Franko October 3, 2014 at 4:16 am

Looks great! Can’t wait to try it…


Ilana October 3, 2014 at 7:06 am

I love Key Lime Pie.


Kay October 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

My favorite fall food is anything with pumpkin – sweet or savory!


E.B. Russell October 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

I just made a curry that had onion, sweet potato, mushrooms, carrots, and chicken, all chopped up into bite-sized pieces. Very good, but lots of chopping!


Jennifer B October 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

Pumpkin and Squash bread


Michelle October 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

.My favorite fall food is lamb stew. Lots of chopping of veggies and the lamb.
Happy fall!


Stephanie October 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

I love roasted pumpkin with stuffing! (My mom bought a set of Cutco knives back in the 90s that she swears to this day, was one of the best purchases she had ever made!)


Kenny October 3, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Does kaki count? :)


manda October 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Butternut squash


Kelly D October 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Pumpkin pie is my favorite.


Oakley Boren via Facebook October 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Two of my favorite ingredients!


Sharon October 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

I love pumpkin bread :-)


Rust October 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Homemade soups are some of my favorite fall foods.


iamalighthouse October 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm

I just love apples!!


Fuji Nana October 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Ha ha! Dad and I saw the picture before we read the post, and I said, “Hey, that looks like a plate full of your potage!” It looks scrumptious, especially with that egg on top. My favorite fall dish that requires lots of chopping? Why, potage, of course!


Judy Kenison Cannon via Facebook October 3, 2014 at 9:08 pm

You are so much like your dad.


Elicia P October 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Acorn squash. Yum, with a bit of butter and brown sugar.


scrapper al October 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Stews, chilies, soups, they all require lots of chopping because I like to include lots of veggies.


Lauren G. October 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Pumpkin chiffon pie or a nice bowl of hot soup


Julie u October 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Pumpkin anything and stuffing!


Katherine October 4, 2014 at 5:57 am

thai butternut bisque


Betzee October 4, 2014 at 7:57 am

I love pumpkin but I make your slow cooker applesauce all the time and send jars to relatives in Maine. They enjoy it, too. It is the best, thanks for sharing!


Brittany Koelmel October 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

I love soups and anything with parsnips and acorn squash. YUMM


Lauren October 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

My favorite fall food, hands down, is an Indian-inspired squash soup that includes garam masala and coconut milk. It even transformed me from a squash-hater into a squash lover (at least in soup)!


Urban Wife October 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

My favorite fall food is pumpkin soup!


kristn mcclary October 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I cant live without pumpkin pie in the fall I die hard pumpkin pie fan


Kristen October 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I like all the delicious melons in the Fall.


Rita A October 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I like making beef stew with lots of fall veggies!


Mary Beth Elderton October 5, 2014 at 8:23 pm

A thick beef stew is one of our favorite Fall dishes.


Teri K October 6, 2014 at 2:05 am



Tonya Dreese October 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

Anything pumpkin ofcource. :) :)


Sarah H.P. October 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm

My favorite fall food is soup!


Dinah October 9, 2014 at 1:17 am

I love persimmons and butternut squash (or pumpkin).


Lucy October 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Definitely pumpkin pie.


Christopher E October 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm

My favorite fall food is pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie.


iamalighthouse October 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Who won? :)


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