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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Irish Crabcakes & Colcannon: Foodie Friday

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irish carbcakes & coldannon: simplelivingeating.com

I used to be in a book group with a woman from Ireland and when it was her night to host I was always so impressed by her Irish dishes, whether it was salmon or lamb stew. She made me realize that I really didn't know much about traditional Irish cooking.

I decided to do a little research for my St. Patrick's Day recipe and I came upon this wonderful cookbook called, "The New Irish Table" by Margaret Johnson. This book is filled with updated versions of traditional Irish fare that you will find outstanding. I followed her crabcake recipe exactly... it has surprises likes bits of apple and a roasted pepper sauce... wonderful bursting flavors that even my kids enjoyed.

The colcannon I created was a result of looking at many recipes for mixing mashed potatoes with greens. My kids figured this dish was invented by an Irish mom who was trying to get her kids to eat their greens, so she mixed them up with the mashed potatoes that they love.

I hope you enjoy both of the recipes and have a wonderful and lucky St. Patrick's Day. 

Click on for recipe:


Kale Colcannon

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 20 minutes       Serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients:

8 Russet potatoes peeled and chopped into quarters
4 tablespoons of butter
1 head of Kale or other green chopped.
6 scallions chopped
1/2 can of beer
1 cup of milk
1 dash of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1) Bring potatoes to a boil in a well salted sauce pan of water. When the water is boiling time for 10 minutes. Check that a fork can go through the potatoes. Drain and rice or mash.

2) While the potatoes are cooking. Sauté the kale and scallions in a large skillet in 1 tablespoon of butter for about 1 minute. Then add the beer and cover for about 2 minutes or until the kale is well wilted. 

3) Add 3 tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg and milk to the potatoes and mix with a fork to keep the potatoes fluffy.

4) Mix kale with potatoes check salt and pepper and serve. 




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34 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    Thank you so much for featuring my Spicy Orange Chicken, you are so kind and I am honored. Hope you have a great St Patrick's Day Weekend and thank you so much for hosting!

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    1. You definitely get up earlier than me. You are very welcome. Your chicken is outstanding.

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  2. I'm going to see if I can get a copy of The New Irish Table. The crab cakes sound delicious, especially with the addition of the apple. And your Colcannon looks wonderful. It's definitely comfort food :) This week I've shared my recipe for Crispy Crunchy Roast Potatoes, a family classic. Thank you for hosting :) Happy St Patrick's Day!

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    1. Thanks for coming by April. Oh, I think you will like the cookbook. Very creative recipes.

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  3. Happy St. Patty's Day and thank you for hosting. I brought Carbonnade of beef & onions braised in beer. A great time to use some Irish Guinness stout.
    Sam

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    1. Tis, the season to cook with beer. Thanks so much for coming by Sam.

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  4. What a great creation, it looks so yum! Thanks for the party....

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    1. You are very welcome thanks for coming by.

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  5. Thank you for featuring my cookies-- it's my very first feature ever! =)

    & thanks for hosting-- I love Foodie Friday & all the shared recipes!

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    1. I still am so flattered and excited when I get featured. I'm so excited for you... the cookies really are an interesting recipe. Don't forget to copy our featured button from my side bar to put on your blog. Hope to see a lot more of you Leia.

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  6. Hi Diane, thanks so much for featuring my spinach salad this week! I don't have a recipe for this week, but I'll be back again soon :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by anyway and you are very welcome. Really wonderful how you brought together such in season ingredients, thanks again.

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  7. Thanks so much for hosting Diane! Such a great crowd that comes here. Hope you have a super weekend!

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    1. That is wonderful to hear... I think so too. People really bother to look at recipes here. I go to everyone one of them too. There is so much talent and it is great to find new meals to make.

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  8. Thank you for hosting. I love crabcakes! I'm sharing my recipe for soda bread. Have a great weekend.

    ~Jenny

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    1. I wish I could make a good Irish Soda Bread it is a real art. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  9. I don't know a thing about Irish cooking! The crab cakes w/ red pepper sauce look so good!

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Neither do I...but this cookbook is great because it gives modern versions of dishes... a little healthier than the old fashion peasant food.

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  10. Thanks for hosting this fun party~ I have had Colcannon many times, my in-laws are Irish:) I love it~ Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Glad you are a fan. My family is now too. This was the first time I had Colcannon.

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  11. Wow, Diane - I've never heard of colcannon before but it looks delicious. So does your entire meal! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I never heard of either Susan. I realize that there really is a cuisine of Ireland and I know nothing about it. Try this meal it was outstanding.

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  12. Thanks for hosting, Diane. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Can't get my eyes off the links! Liked shared you on FB.

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    1. Thanks so much... I keep drooling over the crabcakes too. Glad you joined us.

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  14. Hey there! Thanks for the sweet comment! I keep missing like half the parties :( I will sure be back :)

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    1. There are just some people that you really notice when they aren't there. You and your recipes are one of them. Glad your back.

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  15. Love this St. Patty's day food! It looks wonderful.

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    1. It is serious comfort food. I'm going to learn a little more about Irish cooking really great stuff.

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  16. Thank you Diane for another party
    I hope you're having a great weekend

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  17. Diane,
    Thanks for hosting the linky party.
    Annamaria

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  18. I don't really know much about Irish cooking, even though I am 1/4 Irish! This is a great meal. I really love the crab cakes!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I can't wait to see what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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  19. Diane,
    These Crabcakes are awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. Those crabcakes sound amazing!! I really need to try colcannon soon.

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