Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Colcannon


I have to say, Tuesdays are probably my favorite day to post. Why? I love to cook and bake almost as much as I love eating. This week's recipe is Colcannon, a traditional Irish peasant dish, that is not only filling but seasonal and simple to make. Since we are a vegan household, we don't add any meat to the recipe. However, if you would like to, lamb is traditional, but bacon is more popular here in the States and is cheaper and easier to locate.

Ingredients

3-4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 head of cabbage (less if you are adding meat), shredded
1 tbsp olive oil (bacon fat if you are cooking with bacon)
1/4 cup almond milk (or heavy cream until desired consistency)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Boil your potatoes until soft, roughly 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a cast iron frying pan (or regular; we almost always use cast iron- it adds more iron to your food FYI) heat the olive oil. Next saute the cabbage until it starts to brown.
When the potatoes are done, drain the water and using a masher (not a mixer) mash the potatoes. Add the almond milk until desired consistency is reached. It should be soft but thick. Finally add the cabbage, salt and pepper to taste, and ENJOY!

Told you it was a simple recipe. This makes what should be 4 servings, especially if you are serving a side dish with the meal. With us, we just make the colcannon and eat it until its gone. I can put away some colcannon. The Mortician is usually full after a bowl to a bowl and a half depending, but me, I can eat more than two. What is also great about this dish is the fact that I don't have to make it. This is one of two meals the Mortician makes which is nice for when I want an evening off which as been more often since getting my new job than before.

What sort of traditional dishes do you and your family enjoy?

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<3The Mortician's Wife

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