Saturday, January 25, 2014

Irish potatoes or colcannon

Not to be confused with another Irish dish, "champ," which is essentially a bit of potato with one's butter.

If you're looking for comfort food against a raging winter storm, this could hardly be simpler. Leeks, celery, or cabbage -- or any combination of same -- are cooked in butter

and then mashed into mashed potatoes. I found that one leek and a quarter of a cabbage, sauteed to tenderness, were enough to nicely augment seven or eight smallish potatoes, mashed with butter and milk. Add salt and a generous dose of pepper. The Settlement Cookbook also recommends drizzling melted butter over them.

Good with any roast meat, any poultry -- anything.

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