Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Colcannon - Irish Potatoes Colcannon

Buttery Potatoes and Cabbage

While Irish Colcannon isn't well-known in the US -- it ought to. A very close relative - mashed potatoes -- is known through out this country. Colcannon potatoes -- the particular term 'Colcannon' means white headed cabbage in Irish, is a really basic meal featuring mashed potatoes, cabbage, together with butter. You'll discover even more elements that show up occasionally in addition -- milk, cream, pepper and salt, bacon, onions, leeks, scallions plus bacon or ham are typically acceptable enhancements. This food is meant to be straightforward and satisfying in addition to delightful - and it truly is all of those items and a lot more.

A Colcannon recipe is often offered family style, with a well within the center of the mashed potatoes. Melted butter is literally poured in that well, and the plan is literally that everybody get a fork full, and then soak every bit into the melted butter just before enjoying it. You got to really like just about anything in which each mouthful is designed to hold the most melted butter. Just about all Colcannon recipes include cabbage -- unwaveringly insist that only kale be used - this is a relation to everyday white cabbage. In my head it doesn't necessarily make sense that 'white headed cabbage' be talking about any dark green veg, nonetheless the entire world is filled with strange things, huh?

Irish Colcannon is usually normally offered on Samhain, the day following Halloween - November 1st. I've seen records towards a custom in which small coins or charms are placed in the dish and each one was meant to foretell the fortune of the individual recipient for the upcoming year. Interestingly, I've also noticed this tradition more often spoken about in mention of Barmbrack, a fruited Irish tea bread more commonly. It can be quite possible it's a regional discrepancy. Seriously they are both scrumptious, and so go ahead and put any kind of tokens that appeals to you in any recipes you opt to offer. But alert your diners so they will not eat some thing unexpectedly.

Colcannon potatoes are one of those recipes similar to pumpkin pie in the US. Absolutely everyone within Ireland realizes what it is, nevertheless it is not eaten much beyond once per year. The Irish Folklore Commission also provides a song about it. Give it a test next St. Patrick's Day -- or anytime in addition there's a chance you're feeling somewhat Irish. Sing the music also. I won't tell.

Colcannon Recipe
Colcannon Mash

You'll Require:
4 large Russet or Irish potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup milk, whole milk preferably
Fresh ground black pepper
1 cup thinly cut cabbage
1/2 cup (4 pieces) bacon, crisped and diced*
4-6 green onions, finely sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a big Dutch oven or sauce pan, place the potatoes, A tbsp of salt, and adequate water to merely cover the tops of the potatoes. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer. Allow to cook at a simmer until just fork tender, approximately 20 minutes.

2. Inside a 2nd pot, set chopped cabbage together with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Include 1/2 cup water, and bring to a simmer. Cook cabbage for just about 10 mins. You need to soften cabbage, but not too much so that it will become too soft. A little resistance or crunch is required.

3. When cabbage is tender, put in the milk or cream along with 1/2 stick of butter. Add several cranks of black pepper. Bring heat upwards merely till whole milk is very hot and butter gets melted. Never allow the milk to boil. Stir in spring onion and the bacon or country ham.

4. The moment potatoes are soft, strain the water and then return them to hot, dry cooking pot. Reserve a cupful of the potato cooking liquid. Mash potatoes, stirring in enough of the milk to help. If you prefer a extra fluid, include some of the potato cooking water. Be mindful - the cooking liquid can be quite salty, as is also the bacon/ham. Use the milk first. Ensure you mix in any of your solids with the hot milk -- the spring onion, bacon, and cabbage.

5. To serve, place potatoes inside the serving dish. Make a well into the middle and place the rest of the half stick of butter, melted.

*You are also able to utilize country ham - the salt cured type -- if you wish. Normally, I would like.

Irish Colcannon is actually the old fashioned recipe for potatoes mashed along with cabbage, kale, butter in addition to bacon. Often called Potatoes Colcannon, Colcannon Potatoes, or Colcannon Mash, this particular Colcannon recipe is as easy as it is delightful.

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