Thursday, July 21, 2011

Colcannon

I am still in the midst of my 3rd or 4th novel about Ireland (plus 2 non fiction Irish reads) not sure why but I am not going to question it LOL!  So since my family is very Irish and we embrace our emerald roots, I have learned many traditional recipes and thought I would share another...Colcannon!
This dish is very yummy and to eat it like a true Irishman (or woman) you will place a big mound of colcannon on your dish, make a well in the mound and fill with melted butter...then you scoop up the colcannon from the outside of the mound, dip in the butter and enjoy!



Colcannon

3lb russet potatoes
1 small green cabbage
1cup (approx) of boiled milk
sea salt and cracked black pepper
6 tbl butter

scrub potatoes well and bring to a boil in a large pot of salted water. Cook until ALMOST tender...then drain off 2/3 of the water cover and put on a gentle heat and steam until fully cooked and fork tender.  Meanwhile remove the outer leaves from the cabbage, cut in half and core, then cut into very thin slices.  Boil the cabbage in salted water until soft.  Drain and season with salt and pepper and 2 tbl butter.  In a small saucepan heat milk and 2 tbl butter to boiling then remove from heat. When the potatoes are done quickly remove the skins and mash. While still hot, beat in enough boiling milk to make them fluffy.  Then stir in an equal amount of the cabbage and season to taste. Serve in a mound with a well pressed into the top...fill the well with remaining butter(melted).



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