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#8 – Colcannon and a lower-carb option!

#8 – Colcannon and a lower-carb option!

Earlier this week, we had a maple-focused recipe since it’s Maple Festival time – but this weekend is also St. Patrick’s Day – So this is our bonus edition for the holiday.

 

St. Patrick’s Day is full of fun culinary things – as a kid, it was the one time we were guareenteed to have Lucky Charms cereal with green milk. But it’s also a great time to try your hand at some Irish standards like soda bread, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef. Today we’ll be talking about my favorite side dish – Colcannon. Potatoes are essential to Irish cuisine, and Colcannon does not disappoint on this front. This recipe is a great to switch up your standard mashed potatoes, or you could used it a your crust for shepherd’s pie.

 

Here are the ingredients, though the amounts can vary based on your personal tastes:

 

4-5 Potatoes – russet potatoes work well, but any potato will work.

1 Onion, small slices, potioned into halves

1-2 sticks of butter

2-3 loose cups of kale, or other greens

1 cup of milk, cream, or half and half (may take less)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed or grated

3 scallions, finely sliced

Black pepper and salt to taste

Bacon (optional)

 

  1. In a large pot, boil the potatoes, chopped into manageable pieces, and half of the sliced onions, until tender.
  2. At the same time, melt about ½  a stick of butter in a large pan over low heat. Once mostly melted, sautee the rest of the onions and the garlic with a few pinches of black pepper on medium heat. When the onions begin to become translucent, slowly stir in the kale and cook  until softened and bright green.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the boiled potatoes and onions with a ½ stick of butter, slowly incorporating your dairy liquid of choice until mixture begins to look uniform and somewhat smooth.
  4. Slowly fold in the sauteed kale mixture, butter.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped scallions, more butter, and bacon if so desired.

 

Healthful Hint – If you are watching your carbohydrate intake(specifically starch) but you still want to enjoy Colcannon, you can substitute 2 heads of cauliflower for the potatoes. They may take a little bit longer to boil, but they really are something!

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