Irish Recipe Week

Amy Durham

Irish cuisine is full of comfort foods, from the soups and stews to the hearty vegetables and soda breads. Colcannon is no different. It’s a warm, comforting dish of mashed potatoes with a twist!

4 potatoes, (russets and Yukon Gold are good varieties) cut into cubes
4 tablespoons salted butter
2/3 cup cream or half and half
1/2 small head of cabbage (green or white)
5 scallions, chopped finely
salt and pepper

Cook potatoes in large pan of boiling, salted water for approximately 15 - 20 minutes. Drain and mash potatoes, using your preferred method of mashing. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the butter and cream, and stir well. Keep the mashed potatoes warm while you cook cabbage.

Cut cabbage into quarters, removing the core. Cut or shred the leaves finely. In a pan of boiling salted water, cook cabbage shreds for 1 - 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly.

Fold the cooked cabbage into the mashed potatoes, along with the chopped scallions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately while warm.

** I took the leftover Colcannon and made potato cakes the next day. You just add 1 beaten egg and enough flour to tighten the Colcannon up enough to make patties. Shallow fry the patties in a mixture of oil and butter until golden brown on both sides. YUM!

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Author Stanalei Fletcher
Corned Beef and Cabbage

Cook Corned Beef according to package instruction (or your favorite method)
To liven up the cabbage portion:
Add new potatoes, baby carrots and an onion quartered to steam with cabbage.
Steam until potatoes are tender. Test with a fork.
Cooking the vegetables separately will keep the grease off.

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KyAnn Waters
St. Patrick's Day Banana Treat for Two

Melt in a small skillet
1/4 cup butter
add 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
add 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Sugars will dissolve.
add 2 large, peeled, and cut in half lengthwise bananas
Simmer until bananas are tender.
Pour glazed bananas over vanilla ice cream, sponge cake or serve with a dollop of cream.

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And last but not least, my turn!!!
Mary Martinez
Sheppard's Pie -- Mary's Style

(Bison, blue cheese Sheppard's pie)
I'm just going to walk you through this. Measurements are propotionate to how many you want to feed.
Let's start with onion and wine -- The wine is for drinking while you cook.
Saute the onions the garlic and the carrots till tender.
Add the bison and brown and then add peas.
Boiling the potatoes.
Crumble blue cheese.
Hell might as well add a little to the potatoes.
Put the meat mixture in the dish.
Sprinkle the blue cheese.
Top with mashed potatoes and put in the oven.
Bake at 425 degrees until tender about 30 to 40 minutes. The potatoes will be brownish.

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stanalei said…
Yummy recipes everyone! Thanks for sharing!
Judy Baker said…
Great recipes, I'm always wanting to try new recipes. Thanks to all of you for sharing.

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