Hippie Hash

2 Feb

Today’s recipe comes from… me! Well, kinda. Hippie Hash is a popular dish served at the Fleetwood Diner in Ann Arbor. This is simply my rendition of it.

Anyone who hails (hails) from Michigan (the leaders and the best) has probably spent at least one late night feasting on the delicacies provided at the Fleetwood Diner (located at S. Ashley and W. Liberty). The awesomely-named “Hippie Hash” happens to be the signature dish of this 24/7 diner, and they couldn’t have chosen a better flagship meal. Delicious and (mostly) healthy, this breakfast skillet is a must-try for anyone who fancies themselves some breakfast food (and really, who doesn’t?).

Here’re some notes about the following rendition. First off, and most importantly, this dish traditionally includes tomatoes and mushrooms. Unfortunately, I am a fan of neither. As such, they are sadly absent from this recipe. If you don’t share my distastes and are trying to cook yourself the real deal, I’d recommend using the same amount of both ingredients as the other vegetables here (that is, ½ cup of each). Dice the tomatoes and add them in at the last minute. Chop up the mushrooms, saute them, and add them when you add the steamed broccoli and peppers.

Secondly, I usually cook this with some sausage bits included, for extra protein and because, hey, why not? This time through, however, I forgot about them until I was already getting down to cooking business, and since I had already changed from my grown-up clothes into my comfy sweatpants, I wasn’t about to go out and get sausage. On the brightside, at least I get to add another entry to the “Vegetarian” category!

Oh, finally, if the amounts in the pictures look bigger than what you’ve got, it’s because I once again doubled the recipe. I like my cooking endeavors to feed me multiple times.



  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups grated potatoes (I used “Michigan baking potatoes” and it seemed like one large one yielded 2 cups grated)
  • ½ cup broccoli, chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • ⅛ cup feta cheese (crumbled)
Hippie Hash 1


  1. Make sure that you drain the water from the grated potatoes with a paper towel. Then, heat the oil in a large saucepan or skillet on medium-high. Add the potatoes and press them down. Cook covered and undisturbed for about 8 minutes.
    Hippie Hash 2
  2. While your potatoes are cooking, steam your broccoli and green peppers. It’ll take 5-7 minutes, depending on how crisp you want them.
    Hippie Hash 3
  3. After about 8 minutes, the underside of your potatoes should be crisp. Add the chopped onions and mix them into the potatoes, while flipping it all so that the other side of your potatoes can cook. Cook covered for another 8 minutes.
    Hippie Hash 4
  4. Remove from heat and add the green pepper and broccoli. Mix all of it together.
    Hippie Hash 5
  5. Put on serving dishes and top with feta cheese. Serves 2.


    I sort of messed up while cooking this, if you didn’t notice. I let the hash browns and steaming vegetables cook for too long (never walk away from your cooking, folks, especially not to check Facebook in another room). But it didn’t matter a single bit, because even when it’s made half-messed up, Hippie Hash is the king of breakfast meals.

    Combine it with eggs, bacon, toast, anything you damn well please, for the greatest morning of your life. Hippie Hash will start your day off the right way. You won’t regret it.

    Hippie Hash 7

    Hippie Hash 6


4 Responses to “Hippie Hash”

  1. stayathometatte 2012/02/02 at 2:03 pm #

    That sounds delicious. My wife is also completely opposed to tomatoes and mushrooms, so perhaps we’ll have to give this one a try on the weekend.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. domestic diva, MD 2012/02/02 at 6:25 pm #

    As a current Ann Arbor resident, I love this

  3. Mom 2012/02/08 at 9:28 pm #

    Heresy, yes, heresy I say: not to like tomatoes!
    My favorite food in the whole, wide world! (Love, adore, cherish them; fresh, canned, raw, cooked, etc)
    Ok, enough of a lecture…
    Other than that, yummy, yummy.
    Love, Mom


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