Top O’ Tha Mornin’ To Ya!
I’m a BIG St. Patrick’s Day fan… I lived in Chicago for two years and my holiday spirit and liver were trained to perfection. I’m not even sure that Ireland does St. Patty’s like Chicago does… The River is dyed GREEN! People fly from all over the world to be in Chicago for St. Patty’s… That is no exaggeration… Bars OPEN at 6 AM that morning before the Parades start and don’t close until 4 AM the next day… The first time I did it, I felt like I should’ve gotten a T-Shirt at the very least. You get one after a Marathon, why not one for you AND your liver surviving 22 Hours of Green Beer?! This is a picture of the 1st year. This is at 10 AM…
I can’t quite pull the 22 Hour celebration anymore…(God only knows how much I wish I could :() But I can celebrate in a whole new way… Mixing in some Irish Specialties. Since traditional Irish food is usually “Meat & Potatoes” I have to get a little creative since I don’t eat corned beef or fish and chips… I thought this would tie in perfectly with my Meatless Fridays during Lent. Which makes me wonder, since Ireland has so many Catholics, what do they eat on their Meatless Fridays??? Hmmmm… Well, maybe they will start making this dish, because it is SOOOOOO GOOD! I love carbs, we all know this by now, it’s a simple question. But what about fried potatoes?! YES PLEASE!!!! Latkes, Potato Pancakes, Fries, Tots, Oh My! So why not Colcannon Potato Pancakes? 🙂 First I will show you how to make just the Colcannon if you’d like to skip the breading and frying part 🙂
COLCANNON POTATOES RECIPE
- 3 LBS Small Golden Potatoes (I leave the skins on you don’t have too)
- 2 TBSP Kosher Salt
- 1 1/4 Sticks Unsalted Butter
- 1 1/4 Cup Milk (You can use anything from NON Fat to Whipping Cream)
- 6 Cups Coarsely Chopped Cabbage
- 1 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
- 1 TBSP Kosher Salt
- Freshly Cracked Pepper
Clean potatoes, remove the skin if you prefer too. If you use small Gold potatoes there is no need, the skins are so thin that once they’re boiled the skin is as soft as the potato itself. In a Large pot place all potatoes at the bottom and fill with cold water so that the potatoes are covered with water 2 inches above them. Add 2 TBSP of Salt to the water for boiling. Bring to a boil and let potatoes boil for 15-20 Minutes (Until you can stick a fork into the center). Pour water and potatoes into a strainer. Let them stay there until later.
In the same Pot, over Medium-High heat add butter and let it completely melt before you add in the Cabbage.
Stir Cabbage into melted butter, let it cook for 5 Minutes. Then, add Green Onion and cook for another minute.
Pour in your Milk, then your cooked Potatoes. Using a butter knife begin to mash the Potatoes.
Continue to mash by hand or with your electric mixer (the Kitchen Aid is my personal favorite). Then, serve as a side to any meal of choice with a dollop of Butter (if you’re not worried about the calories 🙂 LUCKY!)
COLCANNON POTATO CAKE OR PANCAKES RECIPE (This made 8 Cakes)
- Vegetable Oil for frying
- 2 Cups Colcannon Potatoes
- 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1/4 Cup Breadcrumbs & Extra for Outsides
- Freshly Cracked Pepper
- Kosher Salt
In a Medium bowl add Colcannon, Egg, Flour and 1/4 Cup of Breadcrumbs. Mix throughly, add Cracked Pepper to your taste.
Using your hands, form the mixture into a 1/4 Inch thick patty and dip into your additional Breadcrumbs.
In a Medium or Large Skillet over Medium heat, add Vegetable Oil. Cook your Cakes for 3-5 Minutes on each side (Time depends on your stove & personal preference to crispiness). Lightly sprinkle with Kosher Salt.
Then, remember this is a St. Patty’s Vegetarian meal, so add a nice big Green Salad, Artichoke, Asparagus or other GREEN Vegetable to help even out the nutrition of this dinner. And here you go…
Here is a sneak peak inside…
Soooo delish! So now you can still enjoy your Green Beers, but now you have something to help soak up those Irish Car Bombs and also help nurse your hangover 🙂 I will be making some Guinness Brownies tomorrow and posting the recipe. If you need more Meatless Friday recipes please try my past weeks Posts:
Mushroom Risotto Feast
Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry
Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps
Fast & Easy Marinara Sauce
Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti
Remember to head over to Target, Michael’s, Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Store, Walmart and other discount stores for your VERY Cheap St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts, Green Wigs, Socks, Hats, Decorations & More!
Thank you for stopping by Mrs. Training!