Friday, October 5, 2007

Irish Colcannon (from Jenna)

Irish Colcannon (also from Vegetarian and Vegetable Cooking, serves 4)
Ingredients:
2 lbs. potatoes, cut into even pieces
8 ounces curly kale or crisp green cabbage, shredded (we've always used kale)
2 scallions, chopped
butter or margarine, to taste
fresh nutmeg, grated
salt and pepper
4 large eggs
3 ounces aged cheese, grated (we've used the above Gruyere, as well as grated parmesan and romano)

1. Boil the potatoes until just tender, then drain and mash well.
2. Lightly cook the kale or cabbage until just tender but still crisp. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
3. Drain the greens and mix them into the potatoes with the onions, butter and nutmeg. Season to taste.
4. Spoon the mixture into a shallow ovenproof dish and make four hollows in the mixture. Crack an egg into each and season well.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes (we've always had to let ours go for longer than that) or until the eggs are just set, then serve sprinkled with the cheese.

3 comments:

cookingfiend said...

your recipe is interesting. . .most of the ones I scoured for on the web for colcannon had no egg or cheese in it; just simple green, potatoes, and sometimes ham.

Anonymous said...

This is the exact recipe, word for word, from a vegetarian cookbook I bought several years ago. Not bad colcannon, the eggs are for protein (due to being vegetarian), but eggs are not traditional.

Alaina said...

Is the cookbook the one credited above or a different one? We enjoy this and I've seen a lot of different variations for colcannon.