Thursday, February 11, 2010

Colcannon

Here's is my favorite Irish dish. A meal in itself and very much comfort food. It strays from your normal mashed potatoes but when you try it, you'll love it!
5 russet potatoes

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup whole milk

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 large shallots, thinly sliced

1 large leek-halved and thinly sliced

1 bunch kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped

1 head cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped

1/4 teaspoons salt

2/3 cups chopped green onion tops

Cut and steam the potatoes until tender. Return to the still hot pot and add 1/4 cup butter, milk, kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoons pepper. Mash together. Melt the remaining butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add shallots and leeks. Saute until they begin to soften. Add the kale and toss until soft and wilted but still bright green, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and toss until tender-crisp, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and the remaining pepper. Mix the cabbage and mashed potatoes together well. Sprinkle with the green onion slices before serving.

2 comments:

Pamela said...

I've always wanted to try this dish. I wonder, can you substitute the Kale for Spinach? I've never been a fan...

Jen said...

Hi Pam,
I would just omit the kale then since spinach wilts easily and would tend to be stringy. Other variations include bacon, ham, peas, so you could put your own stamp on it :) Let me know how it turns out!