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Happy St. Potato Cakes

16 Mar

Potato Pancakes

Hi Everyone! I’m sorry I’m so behind on posting right now… I’m replying to your emails as fast as I can… My lent this year is all animal by products… So vegan eating. I’m not big on the replacement options for meat or dairy products. Let me know if you have some suggestions, I’d love to try them! Click on the link below for my post last year with yummy Colcannon Potato Cakes 🙂

Colcannon Potato Cakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

XO- G

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Colcannon Potato Cakes

15 Mar

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…

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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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

Colcannon Steps 1-2

In the same Pot, over Medium-High heat add butter and let it completely melt before you add in the Cabbage.

Colcannon Steps 3-4

Stir Cabbage into melted butter, let it cook for 5 Minutes. Then, add Green Onion and cook for another minute.

Colcannon Steps 5-6

Pour in your Milk, then your cooked Potatoes. Using a butter knife begin to mash the Potatoes.

Colcannon Steps 7-8

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 Steps 9-10

COLCANNON POTATO CAKE OR PANCAKES RECIPE (This made 8 Cakes)

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

In a Medium bowl add Colcannon, Egg, Flour and 1/4 Cup of Breadcrumbs. Mix throughly, add Cracked Pepper to your taste.

Colcannon Steps 11-12

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.

Colcannon Steps 13-14

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…

Colcannon Finale

Here is a sneak peak inside…

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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!
XO

-GMP

Better Than Carmela’s Baked Ziti

7 Mar

If any of you were Soprano’s fans… You know all about Carmela’s Baked Ziti. Legendary. I can’t hear ‘Ziti’ without thinking of Carmela. No matter how great of a cook you are, there’s always one dish that you make better than anyone else in your family or group of friends. The dish that everyone always asks you to bring, or recipe everyone asks for. Depending on if you’re Italian or not will depend on if you actually give it out. Most Italian women only give these recipes up on their death bed, some never do. This was Carmela’s dish… Baked Ziti is many East Coast Italian women’s “dish”. If you’re celebrating something you make it, when someone dies you make it. Traditionally baked ziti has Italian Sausage cut up in it and also uses a meat sauce, but, not only do I not eat the Swine, it’s Meatless Fridays during Lent. So I added some vegetables to not only add a “Meat Like” texture, but also adds secret nutrition for your family. For all of you that are making this for meat eaters, I challenge you to not tell them it’s vegetarian and see if they notice. The other problem with ziti or baked pasta dishes in general is the carb/fat content. So I’ve made this one lean and mean. You can also very easily make this Gluten Free or Vegan. Don’t be shocked if you can’t find actual Ziti at the store, it’s not easy to come across. Use Mostaccioli or Rigatoni, or ANY OTHER Medium Sized Pasta of your Choice.

*Gluten Free- Use Rice Pasta and Tempura Breading instead of Bread Crumbs (make sure they are Gluten Free, not all Tempura is)

*Vegan- Use Soy Cheese

BAKED ZITI RECIPE

  • 16 Oz Box Ziti, Mostaccioli or Rigatoni Pasta
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Zucchini Corsely Chopped
  • 1 Yellow Squash Coarsely  Chopped
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper Coarsely Chopped
  • 6 Large White Mushrooms Coarsely Chopped
  • 2 TBSP Minced FRESH Garlic
  • Marinara Sauce (This Recipe costs less than $5, if you MUST, get a Jar of your fav Sauce)
  • 1/3 Cup Pesto Sauce (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • 8 Oz Italian Blend Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs or Tempura Crumbs
  • Low-Fat Mozzarella Shredded
  • Fresh Chopped Basil
  • Parmeasan-Reggiano (To top with after if you like)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees. In a Large Pot cook your Pasta of choice mine is Barilla Mostaccioli (for Baked dishes) al dente. Drain and set aside.

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In a Large Skillet over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Red Bell Pepper and Garlic. Cook for 5 Minutes then add Mushrooms, cook until all vegetables are sautéed.

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Now, back in your Large Sauce Pot, add your Easy Marinara Sauce and Pesto Sauce.

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These are the Cheeses I used. Add Italian Five Cheese Blend now…

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Stir continuously until Cheese melts. Stir in Sautéed Vegetable & Cooked Pasta.

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Stir well so that the saucy/cheesy goodness gets all over inside and out of the pasta. Add 1 handful of Basil.

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Using a “Casserole” (I hate that word, still not sure why) dish or any other Baking Dish… Spray with your Misto. Then, add the mixture to your pan. Sprinkle with a handful of Mozzarella.

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Next add Breadcrumbs or Panko Crumbs. Put into your Preheated oven for 30 Minutes.

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Then, you get this yummy-ness.

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Let cool for 30 Minutes (Or as Long as you possibly can :)) Top with Basil Parmesan Cheese and Crushed Red Chilies if you’d like to kick it up a notch!

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GARLIC BREAD

Well, my name is Gina, and I’m a CARB-AHOLIC. It’s not even close to being okay how deep I am into this addiction. Hence why I’m taking a break for Lent. But, prior to that one big change I made 9n the past year is never buying bread for the house. If it’s not there you don’t eat it. Going out to dinner is a different story. So on “Big Dinner” nights as my soon to be likes to call them, I just buy a single roll in the Bulk Bread bins at the grocery store(Usually about 50 Cents). Cut it length wise, butter each side and add freshly chopped Garlic. Then toast for a couple minutes. Now, you won’t go overboard on the bread and you still get to enjoy it. I paired with Balsamic Fig Vinegar.

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I would definitely pair this with more vegetables like a Salad or you can pair with fruit like me. Grapes to be exact… We picked up this AHHMAZZING Ravens Wood 2010 Bedrock Zinfandel on our most recent Sonoma trip. Its from their vineyard that was planted in 1885… Hello FLAVOR TOWN! It isn’t a bargain wine, but it is worth every penny.

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If you need more Meatless Friday Recipes Click Below…

Mushroom Risotto Feast

Easy Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry

Meatless & Tasty Lettuce Wraps

TGIF Pizza Night

A BIG Thank You to all my followers… It makes this Blog so much more fun to do… Especially with all of the International Traffic I’ve been getting (Then I know it’s not just my friends and local stockers)… SHOUT OUT to Canada, Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, France, Spain, Italy (Probably Family, CIAO), United Kingdom, Ghana, Israel, Brazil, Australia and the Philippines. LOVE TO YOU ALL!

Go Train Away!

-GMP

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