Yesterday I had a couple of recipes for two different Irish breads, that are delicious! What should you make for supper tomorrow night to go with that bread? I have a potato dish and a cabbage dish for you today. These are all recipes that my mom made this past weekend for our Irish Feast in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
Colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes)
3 lbs potatoes
1 small onion
1 bunch kale
3 Tbsp. salted butter
1 cup whole milk
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, drain well and return to pot. Finely slice onion and simmer gently in milk until the onion is soft, drain, reserving the milk. Meanwhile remove stalks from kale and roughly chop. Place kale in a pot with one inch of boiling salted water. Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until kale is tender but still bright green, remove from heat and drain. Mash potatoes with three quarters of the butter, add the onion and kale, and beat together with mixer.
*Colcannon is traditionally served on Halloween in Ireland, when a ring or coin is hidden in it, the lucky recipient of the ring or coin was said to find wealth or marriage within a year.
Stir Fried Cabbage with Crispy Bacon
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
5 slices bacon, finely sliced
1 lb cabbage, shredded
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok. Add bacon and fry until crispy, then add the onion and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the cabbage and stir fry for another 3 to 4 minuets until the cabbage has wilted.
*Bacon and cabbage is one of the most traditional of Irish dishes and still served around kitchen tables all over Ireland today.