Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- May 12, 2010
- Now Florida but always a Kentuckian
It will soon be St. Patrick's Day and time for so many wonderful Irish dishes. Many of us like Irish Stew, Cabbage and Corned Beef, Irish Soda Bread and Irish Coffee. Another traditional Irish dish is Colcannon. It usually consists of mashed potatoes and either cabbage or kale.
A traditional recipe is: "St. Patty's Colcannon".
1 large bunch kale, rinsed, coarsely chopped (8 to 12 cups)
4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 lbs, potatoes, peeled and cut in 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
up to 1 cup milk
Cut large stems from kale leaves and discard. Wash the kale. Slice in 1 inch ribbons.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, cook over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Add kale, cover and turn heat to medium low, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook potatoes in pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well. Return to pot over low heat. add 2 tablespoons butter and salt and pepper. Drizzle in as much milk as you need to make mashing the potatoes easy and the texture you like them.
Add kale to the potatoes and stir to blend, adding milk as desired.
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