Saturday, November 7, 2009

Colcannon: The Original Comfort Food

I know, it looks like cat barf. But really this is a combination of mashed potatoes, cabbage, leeks, butter, garlic, and rosemary. It would have looked better if I had broiled the top, but it's still warm here in Texas. And when this stuff goes down, the happiness quotient goes way up.


2 lbs. potatoes, scrubbed & chopped with skins on
8 Tbsp. (1 stick) butter
1 lb. fresh cabbage, cut in 1” chunks
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 med. leeks, washed & sliced up to 1” above the white part
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, ground in mortar & pestle


Place potatoes in a large pan, cover with water, bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Drain well.

While potatoes are cooking, sauté cabbage in butter for a few minutes. Add leeks and garlic, and continue cooking on low heat, covered, until cabbage is soft but not mushy.

Combine cooked potatoes with cabbage mixture, and mash. Some chunks are desirable. Stir in salt, pepper, and rosemary.

If desired, place in an oven-proof dish and broil to brown the top.

Serves 8

For more of my favorite cabbage recipes, see
How to Cook Non-Yucky Cabbage
Barely Borscht
Cabbage Soup
Maple-Pecan Fried Slaw
Onion Pie

This recipe appears onVegetarian Colcannon on Foodista