Sunday, March 14, 2010

Colcannon for St. Patty's Day

Another beer demo this weekend, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The Holland based Heineken was the sponsor of this event. Maybe because the bottle and company colors are green they decided to push it during this Holiday. It would be hard to come up with a April Tulip based theme, don't you think? When I first read the directions, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But it was delicious and the beer really added to the flavor! It also had an interesting folklore that went along with it.




Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish associated with Halloween, is made with potatoes and savoy cabbage and served with a well of butter in its center. It’s simple and delicious and comes with folklore that I think some of my ladies will enjoy. The tale concerns the fate of unmarried women who would put the first and last spoonfuls of Halloween Colcannon into a stocking and hang it on their doors. Their shared belief was that the first man who walked through the door would become their husband.
The second bit of blarney revolved around the selection of a cabbage from that garden by a blindfolded, unmarried woman. The cabbage she selected would be used to make a Colcannon into which a ring was hidden. Of course, the person who found the ring would be the next to marry.

Colcannon

Ingredients
1 pound cabbage chopped
2 pound potatoes sliced
1 medium onion chopped
8 oz. Heineken
2 scallion chopped
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter
1 Tbl. Real Bacon Bits

Directions

**In a deep frying pan with 1 Tlb. of olive oil, layer the potatoes, onion, cabbage, in that order. Then add the beer , cover and simmer 2o minutes.
**When potatoes are tender, smashed them. Add the scallion. milk, butter, salt and pepper, continue to mix in.
**Add in the bacon bits, and serve up hot as a side dish!

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