Thursday, March 22, 2012

Colcannon

It's a double recipe day! I wanted to get all of the St. Patrick's Day recipes out to you this week and tomorrow I have a recipe swap post to share so I decided to double up today. Mostly because even if you don't make anything else from my small menu, the corned beef and colcannon go great together.

Colcannon is such a funny word. I can't help but picture balls of coal being shot out of cannons. Am I alone in this?



Colcannon
Source: All Recipes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and quartered
    • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
    • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
    • 1/3 cup onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
Directions:
1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add some salt and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
3. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate with a slotted spoon. Drain all but 1 tsp. of bacon grease.
4. Add the cabbage and onion to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the onions are soft.
5. Drain the water from the potatoes. Add the milk and mash to you desired consistency.
6. Stir in the cabbage/onion mixture and most of the crumbled bacon.
7. Pour in the melted butter, stir to combine, garnish with remaining bacon and serve immediately.

Honestly, I'm kind of surprised I never had this as a kid. It's definitely something that falls into the category of "things my mom would make". After Easter we always heated up the leftover ham in a large pot of cabbage and water and served it with mashed potatoes. This was really tasty and a nice twist to change up the usual mashed potatoes. I think this should be made throughout the year!

2 comments:

  1. Colcannon is such a funny word...but I got to tell you...I could eat this entire bowl by myself. I've never made this...not sure why...with so many of my favorite ingredients in one recipe! It looks fabulous! : )

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    1. Thank you! And believe me, I had a very hard time sharing any of this!

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