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Traditional Colcannon

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  Red potatoes 3 Pound, cut into 1-inch pieces
  Rosemary sprig 1
  Chopped fresh rosemary 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Kosher salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Plain greek yogurt 6 Ounce
  Buttermilk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Bacon/A slice of center-cut ham 1⁄2 Pound
  Cabbage head 1⁄2 Small, cored and chopped
  Guinness/Dark stout 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Pepper 1 Pinch

Cooking the Cabbage:
Over medium heat in a large, shallow pan, cook the bacon. When the bacon is crisp, drain it on a paper towel and set it aside. With some tongs and paper towels, sop up the bacon grease, reserving a little (about 2 tbls.) to cook the cabbage.
In the same pan over a medium heat, add the cabbage and toss it in the bacon grease.
Once all the cabbage is coated, add the Guinness and the ½ cup of water. Add salt and pepper and stir to incorporate.
Cover the cabbage with a lid and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. When the cabbage is done, it will have reduced in size and be tender. For the recipe, I like it a little firm still to give the Colcannon a better texture.
While the cabbage cooks, start the potatoes.

Cooking the Potatoes:
In a large pot, place the potato pieces, rosemary sprig, bay leaf, and salt and add cold water. The water should cover the potatoes completely.
Over medium-high heat, bring the water to boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat slightly and partially cover the pot by leaving the lid slightly ajar. After the water comes to a boil, you’ll cook the potatoes for 5 minutes, or until a fork can be inserted and removed easily.
When the potatoes are done, drain the water off. Return to potatoes to the original pot or to a bowl and add butter, yogurt, buttermilk, rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash the potatoes using a potatoes masher or a hand blender.

Mixing the Colcannon
Take the bacon and crumble it up with your hands. Add it to the potatoes.
At this point, the cabbage should be done and you can ladle it into the potatoes. The liquid from the cabbage will help smooth the potatoes. If potatoes are too thick or have dried, add a little more buttermilk.
Stir to incorporate and taste to adjust seasonings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Cabbage, Vegetable
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
How about a side dish which is rich in nutrients? Then this traditional Irish dish is just the thing, based of cabbage and some mashed potatoes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 475 Calories from Fat 154

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18 g27%

Saturated Fat 9 g45.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 42.4 mg14.1%

Sodium 714.2 mg29.8%

Total Carbohydrates 68 g22.8%

Dietary Fiber 5.8 g23.3%

Sugars 5.8 g

Protein 14 g28.8%

Vitamin A 8.3% Vitamin C 128.3%

Calcium 12.4% Iron 15.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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