Paddy Wagon: Colcannon
Hi, guys! I'm taking a little break from murder solving to write another weblog. The case in Spring Valley is heating up and me and my best bud, Carl, have been working non-stop to catch the guy (or girl #equality), so we can get back to normal life. Side bar: Catherine gets mad at me for using the pound sign in front of words like that. I like to do it when I only have one word to say about something. I don't know. It's probably stupid.
So, what's colcannon? It's just a fancy way of saying mashed potatoes!
Here's what you'll need:
5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced in half lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded savoy cabbage, divided
1¼ cups milk
½ cup heavy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
1 scallion, thinly sliced
Now, let's say you don't like potatoes. Or maybe you're watching your carbohydrates; try substituting with cauliflower instead. I know, I know, cauliflower is broccoli's less attractive friend who always gets left for last on veggie trays at parties, but hear me out. If you steam the heck out of it and then blend it, it has the same texture as mashed potatoes! It is the bomb dot com. Catherine also hates it when I say that. I have a girlfriend. Her name is Catherine. She's awesome.
Now that you have all that stuff, do this with it:
1. Put all the potatoes in a pot, add enough water to cover them, season with salt. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until soft. This will probably take 30 minutes. Drain, let cool, and peel. Or don't. Potato skins are pretty darn tasty. That's the one thing I learned at Honkers. I went once with Gio - on a mission, we weren't just hanging out - and that place is definitely not for me.
2. While the potatoes boil, melt some butter in a saucepan to sautee the leeks. Stir them a lot so they don't burn. Add the garlic and continue to stir. Cook until you can smell the garlic and the leeks are beginning to brown on the edges. Add 1 cup of the cabbage and cook until wilted. Add milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
3. Toss in the potatoes - well, don't toss them, you'll burn yourself- and the rest of the cabbage. Mash the crap out of them. This is where Gio would come in handy. He's very strong. And handsome. Hi, Gio! Season with salt and pepper.
4. Put the colcannon in a serving bowl, add a pat of butter, and sprinkle with scallions.
Whelp, that's it for me. Sally is calling me and I do NOT want to make Sally mad. Bye!
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Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit.