Saturday, March 13, 2010

IRISH COLCANNON - YUM!


I have been wanting to try this recipe for YEARS, and never have - what's up with that??? Anyway, we watched a video on the Food Network with Ty Florence. He went to Ireland and made "Colcannon" with a lovely young lady named Christabel Rossiter, and it looked so delicious! So, the other night Roger and I made it for our Car Club meeting (they were our Ginnie pigs!) Well, it turned out so YUMMY; and everyone loved it! So all you Irish-women out there who haven't tried this recipe, here it it! It is a meal in itself, add a green salad and you've got it! Also, traditionally you would serve it in a bowl with parsley sprinkled on top and a dollop of real butter (this is NOT a diet dish!) - but we were going to a potluck dinner, so it went into our crockpot!

IRISH COLCANNON
3 lbs. red potatoes
2 sticks of butter
1 Cup hot milk
ground pepper and salt to taste
3/4 head of cabbage cored and chopped
1 lbs pork (cooked the day before)
5 green onions

Braise the pork and put it in a covered baking dish with a little water. Bake about 325 for a couple of hours - until it is soft enough to "pull" it.
Steam the potatoes for 35-40 minutes, peel, chop, then mash. Add 1 stick of cut-up butter, then gradually add the hot milk and salt and pepper. You want the mashed potatoes to be a little dry, because you are going to add the cooked cabbage which will make it mushier!
Boil the cabbage in unsalted water till it turns a darker color. Add 2 Tbsp butter and cover with lid for another 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
Add cabbage, chopped green onions, and shredded pork to the mashed potatoes, stirring gently.
That's about it! A very good, hearty meal too!

Well, as for me, I am working on some lampshades and painting some lamp bases right now. But nothing to show you-all yet! Baylee is getting bigger, she is a lot of fun watching her discover new things, stumbling over her own feet (paws), and playing with Lucy. Getting Baylee has been a good thing for our older dog, Lucy too. She has arthritis pretty bad, but with medication and playing with Baylee, she seems to be enjoying it all!
This is Linda, owner of L&S Gardens!
So WHEN is Spring going to get here??? I know you all are wanting spring to be here as much as I do! I even went to a "Cold Climate Gardening" seminar last week and learned a lot more about our high desert gardening. The speaker was Linda Stephenson from L&S Gardens and she knows quite a bit about the subject. If any of you live in these conditions, you can reach her at her blog: http://www.lsgardens.blogspot.com
Linda also belongs to the "Dutch Oven Society" and they make all kinds of wonderful food - when they have a festival at L&S Gardens, the cooks are there giving out samples of their delicious foods.
You all have a wonderful week, I better get going and see what Baylee is up to!
Bye for now!
xoxo
Marilyn

2 comments:

Meggie said...

Thanks for the recipe, Marilyn! For sure it's not low cal. But it sure looks yummy. I'm not Irish but at this time of the year I feel as if I am.

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