Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Colcannon with Kale and White Cheddar and Guinness Braised Onions Bacon Quiche

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. It is also the name of a song about the dish.
Colcannon with Kale and Cheddar
Cook's notes: Recipe adapted from cuisineathome.com April 2016 and serves 4-6.
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 lbs. red potatoes or Yukon Golds, halved and cubed
  • 1 cup diced green cabbage
  • 1 cup finely chopped kale
  • 2- TB. butter, divided
  • 3/4 -1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup warmed half and half
  • 1-1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1 TB. dried parsley flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions:
  • Cover potatoes with water and cook until fork tender about 15 minutes.
  • In a fry pan melt 1 TB. butter and saute onions, cabbage and kale until limp but not too soggy, stirring frequently. 
  • Drain potatoes and return back to pan. Add sauteed mixture, half and half, cheese, parsley flakes and 1 TB. butter.
  • Use a hand mixer and beat until smooth. May need to add more cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
 Guinness Braised Onions Bacon Quiche
Cook's notes: Recipe adapted from closetcooking.com
Ingredients:
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1/4 cup Draught Guinness. room temperature
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup aged white cheddar, shredded
  • cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pie crust, rolled out and fitted to a pie plate, chilling in the fridge
Directions
  • Cook the bacon in a fry pan over medium heat until crispy. Set aside on paper towels to drain reserving 1 TB. grease in the pan.
  • Add the onions to the fry pan and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in 1/4 cup Guinness and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in the grainy mustard, 1 tsp. parsley flakes, Worcestershire sauce and place in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the bacon, cream, beaten eggs and 1/2 of the cheese and season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour the mixture into a chilled pie crust and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degrees or until golden brown on top and set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.
 
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s.

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