Saturday, 13 March 2010

Recipe Thursday - Colcannon

It's only a few days to St. Patrick's day and thus I have selected another potato recipe.   I used this 1998 cookbook, 'The Potato Harvest Cookbook' for my inspiration.  The opening chapters contain a wealth of information about potato varieties and how to grow them and how to select the proper variety for the dish you want to cook.  I learned that a high starch content make for wonderful baked or mashed potatos (Russets) and that low starch content potatoes keep their shape when boiled and are good for salads, stews and au gratin dishes (fingerlings and red-skinned potatoes).

Unfortunately this book is no longer in print, though you might be lucky to find it in a used book store.  I won this book at a raffle at the skating club several years ago, and until this week had never used it.  What a fool I have been.  Since I still had some leeks in the fridge from last weeks soup making adventure, I wanted a recipe that included them.


5 medium potatoes
4 cups packed, rinsed kale, stems removed
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup chopped leeks
2 large onions
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 - 3/4 cup warm milk
salt and pepper

Boil or steam the potatoes until completely tender.  Allow the potatoes to cool, then peel them.

While the potatoes are cooking, steam the kale 5 minutes.  Drain, squeeze out the excess water, and chop the kale finely.

In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat.  When hot, add the leeeks and saute 5 minutes, or until tender.  Lower the heat, add the kale, and saute 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Peel and cut the onions in half vertically. With the flat side on a chopping block, cut each half vertically into semicircular slices.  In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.  When hot, add the onions and cook slowly 15-20 minutes, or until the onions are limp and browned. 

To assemble, mash the potatoes with a potato ricer or masher, adding enough milk to make a creamy yet firm mixture.  Beat in kale and leek mixture, and season with salt and pepper. 
To serve, reheat if necessary. Turn into a heated serving bowl, make a large, shallow depression in the middle, and fill with the onions.  Serves 4-6.

I served this with broiled salmon.  The next day I flaked the left over salmon and mixed it with the colcannon and then heated it in the frying pan with some butter.  Yummy both days.

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Beth F said...

This is my kind of potatoes. Yummers. We love kale and I like the idea of putting the leftover salmon on top.

I don't have that cookbook -- I'll have to keep an eye out for it at yard sales and used-book stores.

caite said...

I love the onions, but in Ireland they are more likely to make a big depression in the middle and fill it with butter. They LOVE their

Margot said...

This book is now on my radar. I love potatoes in any form. I've copied the recipe and am going to give it a try. Leeks are on the grocery list from another Weekend Cooking post (Lynda) so it looks like I need to up the amount. Thanks so much for sharing. The pictures are great too.

Lynda said...

I must make this as I love Kale ;0)

Esme said...

I would love to have this recipe book-I have never tried the Red Roses cookbook however I am sure it is great.

JoAnn said...

I love potatoes, but have never tried kale...maybe it's time.

Miri said...

My Mom used to make something similar but with spinach instead of kale and she used lots of sour cream instead of milk...mmm. I love the idea of adding the salmon to the top.

Roslyn said...

Yes, Fingerling potatoes work great in stews, I recently put them in a pot roast that cooked in the oven all day and they held up!