Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Colcannon

Am I too late?  It's been one of those non-stop days and I just got home and have to run back out to guitar lessons for my daughter in half an hour. But I had enough time to create something wonderous!  Happy St. Patrick's day, by the way. I've got my cool green "Kale is the New Beef" t-shirt on and my hair all spiked out so I'm lookin' like an Irish rocker chick, at least in my own mind.

Disclaimer: I've never actually eaten Colcannon, the traditional Irish cabbage and potato combination, nor did I bother today to consult "Joy of Cooking" or any other authority on the subject, being short on time as I was. I just made it the way I thought I'd enjoy eating it. For some reason my head seems to be full of knowledge of unknown origin, i.e. "I don't remember where I read/heard this, but . . ." That's the way it is with Colcannon. I know somehow that it is traditionally boiled for a long time with a slab-o-brisket. None if this goes to waste -- the Irish are economical and efficient like that. No animal products were going into my Colcannon of course, and I don't care for veggies that have been long boiled.  Here's my recipe:

My Colcannon
24 oz. new potatoes -- I like the little yukon gold ones
1 head cabbage, chopped roughly into 1/2 in ribbons-n-chunks
1/4 purple onion, slivered
3 Tbsp. Earth Balance
1 Tbsp. Vegenaise
2 Tbsp. Liquid Smoke
1 Tbsp. Bragg's Liquid Aminos
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Boil potatoes whole for about 16-18 minutes until a fork can easily go through one. Then put cabbage and onion on top of the boiling potatoes, cover and boil/steam an additional 3 minutes. Drain.
Mix all together in a large bowl with other ingredients, breaking potatoes a little so they can soak up the yum.

This was really, really delicious, and tasted very Irish, again, in my own mind. What did you do for St. Patty's?


  1. What a fun dish for St. Patricks Day. It looks so delicious and sounds very tasty:)

  2. This looks great! You need to show us in your new shirt! You really did it and ordered it fast. Perfect for St. Patty's Day!

  3. Yeah, Emily -- Thanks so much for the idea! I love the shirt. I enjoyed wearing in in my little conservative beef-eatin' Georgia town. My daughter is very proud I am vegan but she giggled nervously all day while I wore it, looking around to see if anyone noticed. She's 13. Being embarrassed is her job right now! If I get a good pic I will post it.