Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Irish Colcannon

In my world, rice makes for a complete meal... which is no surprise being Filipino. But for The Baron, it's potatoes that completes a meal. This Irish Colcannon is a staple and common Irish dish because it combines a bit of potatoes, cabbage and scallions into a creamy side dish which is a perfect accompaniment or can be hearty enough as a meal on its own...

Take your favorite mashed potato dish and fold in cooked seasoned cabbage, chopped ham and garnish with parsley. That, in essence is colcannon! You can jazz this up with cheese, additional herbs or other meats like bacon or even chopped up kielbasa sausage. It's that easy and delicious...

Irish Colcannon
recipe from Food Network

3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 (1-pound) piece ham or bacon, cooked the day before
4 scallions, finely chopped
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

Steam the potatoes in their skins for 30 minutes. Peel them using a knife and fork. Chop with a knife before mashing. Mash thoroughly to remove all the lumps. Add 1 stick of butter in pieces. Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time. Season with a few grinds of black pepper.

Boil the cabbage in unsalted water until it turns a darker color. Add 2 tablespoons butter to tenderize it. Cover with lid for 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly before returning it to the pan. Chop into small pieces.

Put the ham in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes until tender. Drain. Remove any fat and chop into small pieces.

Add cabbage, scallions, and ham to mashed potatoes, stirring them in gently.

Serve in individual soup plates. Make an indentation on the top by swirling a wooden spoon. Put 1 tablespoon of butter into each indentation. Sprinkle with parsley.