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Pulled Pork Calico Hash at Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio

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50 Cities 50 Hashes: Wendy Wofford-Garcia at Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio!

Hashcapade San Antonio was held on Saturday, October 26th at Magnolia Pancake Haus. This local-favorite restaurant serves up what I consider the very best breakfast in San Antonio, making it the ideal venue for Hashcapade! Ahead of the big day, I coordinated with owner Robert Fleming to offer three hash varieties for my guests, including one vegetarian option.

Magnolia Pancake Haus

The hashes were all served with Magnolia’s amazing signature pancakes, so it was a filling and well-rounded breakfast! The hashes also came topped with eggs and were set up family style on the table so everyone could try a little bit of all three hash options if they wanted — and most everyone did! The hungry hash lovers enjoyed an amazing trio of hashes.

hashtrio

Smoked Turkey Hash House-made mesquite smoked turkey breast, shredded spuds, and a hint of onion. The smoked turkey gave this hash a bit of a bacon taste, but we felt better knowing it was a healthier option. This hash is a very popular regular menu item at Magnolia, and it was easy to see why. It’s a little smoky, with a slight hint of an onion flavor.

smokedturkey

Pulled Pork Calico Hash
House-made smoked pork butt pulled and mixed with sweet potato, white potato and onion. Lord have mercy, is this hash ever good! This is a seasonal featured menu item, and it’s perfect for Fall because of the sweet potatoes. They season pork butt with a rub, smoke it in house, then pull it and add to the hash. If you’re a pork fan, this one will really set your taste buds off!

calicohash

Roasted Mushroom Hash
Earthy roasted mushrooms, purple onion, sweet potato, carrot and potato. This is a new menu item that we got to preview as part of Hashcapade San Antonio. This veg-friendly option is so flavorful that you won’t miss the meat…even the meat lovers went nuts for this veg-friendly hash!

mushroom

While everyone enjoyed all the hashes, each of us had a favorite. I was partial to the Pulled Pork Calico. The flavors of the smoky pork and sweet potato worked so well together…this Southern gal loved it! My vegetarian friends especially appreciated the fact that they had a great-tasting option to enjoy. The Roasted Mushroom Hash was full of flavor thanks to the meaty and earthy slow-roasted mushrooms, which paired perfectly with the sweet carrots and purple onions.

We all agreed that hashes are the perfect breakfast food. Seriously…what’s not to love about a plate that contains veggies, carbs and flavorful meat (or meaty mushrooms) in each delicious bite?!?!? Hashcapade San Antonio was a resounding success, and a great time was had by all. In fact, we had such a great time enjoying our hash that I totally forgot to snap pictures of us enjoying our food. Once the pictures of the food were snapped, we started eating and totally focused on that. Oops! But, take my word for it…everyone at the table was smiling ear to ear at Hashcapade 2013!!

Thanks to Clark for inviting me to host the San Antonio Hashcapade as part of the 50 Cities, 50 Hashes event! I had a great time planning the event, and I now have a new-found appreciation for hash. It’s a comfort classic for a reason, and I plan to order it more in the future.

Wendy lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Michael, and their two “very spoiled” cats. She says, “I love to laugh and enjoy big-flavor foods! I started The Weekend Gourmet in August 2010 as a way to share my favorite recipes with family and friends. Since then, it’s sort of taken on a life of its own. We now feature recipes and product spotlights, regional restaurant features and culinary travelogues.” Her husband is an able mate, shooting all the photos…sounds like a match made in heaven! Catch her on twitter @TheWeekendGourm.
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