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Monday, March 12, 2012

Ryan's Colcannon

I think I have mentioned in the past that David's stepdad is allergic to many things such as apples, potatoes, tomatoes and chocolate, just to name a few.  Because of his allergies and because he loves to cook and loves good food, he has had to be very creative in the kitchen. The family has definitely reaped the benefits of his creativity. 

Colcannon is one of the recipes that he has successfully adapted.   He shared that this recipe is sort of a combination between colcannon which is Irish or rumbledethumps which is Scottish and clapshot which is also known as "neeps and tatties".  Whatever.... It's delicious!

When I decided to make this recipe to serve alongside the Guinness Pie, I adapted it even further to use what I had available.   That is the beauty of this recipe.  It can definitely be adapted and changed up to suit your tastes and what you have onhand.  This time, I didn't have turnips so I used potatoes and parsnips instead.  I boiled the veggies with garlic cloves, and, also, seasoned the mixture with onion powder and garlic powder to further enhance the flavor.  It was delicious.
So without further adieu, I give you...

Ryan's Colcannon
Adapted from Epiphany's Cookbook

1 lb. carrots
1/2 lb. yellow turnip, diced (I used potatoes and parsnips.)
2 cups shredded cooked cabbage or chopped cooked kale
2 Tbsp. choppes chives or scallions(optional...I completely forgot them.)
2 to 4 oz. butter
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional...I used Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheese)
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch nutmet (optional....I used it.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Boil or steam the carrots and the turnip until done.  Drain well and turn into a large bowl .  Add the butter, 2 Tbsp. cheese (if you are using), salt, pepper and nutmeg and mash well.  Fold in the chopped cabbage or cooked kale, chives or scallions and mix well.   Turn the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes.

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  1. Never heard of this but it sure looks good and the recipe sounds good. :)

  2. To be honest I am not very familiar with Irish kitchen so I haven't heard of this but judging from the ingredients looks like a very fine meal to me dear!

  3. Looks delicious, nice side for the pie.
    Happy St Patrick's Day!

  4. I au paired in Belgium for a while and the family I worked for made something similar, so it's not just an Irish thing! There's a Dutch name for them too. There's no cheese in it though, so I think I like this version better--cheese makes everything tastier!

  5. Whoa I really can't imagine having all those food allergies! Power to him for eating through them! This colcannon sounds so intriguing and delicious!

  6. WOW! So different and creative. I love the colors and all the different texture of veggies! Delicious

  7. It's beautiful, it's healthy, it's flavorful ... wins on all counts!

  8. This is a great posting I have read. I like your article.

  9. It must be hard having food allergies. Ryan seems to be making the best of it. Delicious recipe, Candace! Thank you for sharing!


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