Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish colcannon

Why in my 30 years have I not ever had this stuff? But every year I try a new Irish dish for st. Patricks day and this year I stumbled across Colcannon. It could be my new comfort food. It's kinda like a cross between a potato hash, mashed potatoes and potato salad but its warm and so incredibly tasty. Oh Lord help me, this stuff could be new my new favorite winter dish.

Here's what you need to make it!

8oz bacon

7 nice sized russet potatoes peeled and cubed 

1 bag of washed pre chopped kale

1 large diced onion

5 T butter

Salt and pepper

Lay bacon strips  in a jelly roll pan and bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Place diced onion in a small pan with butter and sauté till very soft.

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with just enough water. Then on top of potatoes place a bunch of the kale. I couldn't quite fit the whole bag. I still had about a third of it left. Then bring the pot to a boil and cover. Sprinkle with salt ! The water will steam the kale perfectly! Let this go about 20 minutes then drain. Return to pot the kale/potatoes then add the onion/butter and crumble the bacon pieces on top. I then used a hand mixed and mixed for about 1 full minute. I wasn't looking for it to be like mashed potatoes but like a hash with some potatoe chunks still there. Taste it for salt and pepper and season it accordingly!