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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What's For Dinner?

How about a little traditional Irish fare...let's try...

Creamy Colcannon

Loaded with hearty cabbage, potatoes and leeks, this satisfying side dish is traditional St. Patrick's Day fare. If you like, you can substitute dark greens such as kale for the cabbage.


  • 1 pound cabbage
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground mace
  • 1/2 cup butter

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan, boil cabbage until tender; remove and chop or blend well. Set aside and keep warm. Boil potatoes until tender. Remove from heat and drain.
  2. Chop leeks, green parts as well as white, and simmer them in just enough milk to cover, until they are soft.
  3. Season and mash potatoes well. Stir in cooked leeks and milk, salt a pepper to taste, and mace. Blend in the kale or cabbage and heat until the whole is a pale green fluff. Make a well in the center a nd pour in the melted butter. Mix well.

How about a quick Irish Stew? A twist on the traditional stew with lamb...

This dish, full of tender chicken, potatoes, carrots, onion, mushrooms, mixed veggies and plenty of herbs and spices, makes a hearty home style stew in no time.


  • 4 cups cooked, cubed chicken breast meat
  • 2/3 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onion, sauteed in butter
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 3 cups cooked, diced red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour

Cooking Instructions

  1. Combine chicken, mushrooms, onion, carrots and stock in a large saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until carrots are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in sage, basil, garlic salt, parsley, mixed vegetables, potatoes and celery and cook until heated through. Stir in flour to thicken sauce, then serve.


Tammy said...

The Irish stew sounds yummy!

Alice said...

Both sound good. I've always wanted to try the colcannon only I've been waiting for someone else to make it for me. :)

the feathered nest said...

Both recipes sound yummy and filling!


Marilyn said...

Think I may pass on the colcannon-my family probably won't eat it and I hate to waste good food--but the stew looks DELISH!

Terri and Bob said...

Mmmm. I have never had colcannon but I love everything that is in it. Sounds like it would be good with meatloaf!

Mama P said...

Holy toledo, that looks delish! I will cook it during the time I lock my kids in their cages at night. LOL. Thanks for the nice comment. I adore you. I only hope Brian Dennehey can find his way into your shower one day. Shhh... I won't tell your hubby.

Anonymous said...

Looks awsome. I ate a Lean C pizza.

Classic Charm said...

Wow, those recipes sound so yummy! Ugh, sure hard to be on a diet while blogging that's for sure LOL.

Mary Isabella said...

Well it is official I am starving now. I am running right over with my BIG bowl and spoon. LOL I am loving the new banner....Smiles

Meggie said...

Thanks for the recipes, SusieQ. Have never heard of the first one...Colcannon. Can't wait to try it.

Tammy said...

YUM! I've never ventured out with new Irish recipes yet...I always seem to serve the same cornbeef and cabbage every March 17th! ;)

Deb said...

The Colcannon recipe sounds delicious! And "The Goodbye Girl" post brought back lots of memories - my hubby and I saw that while we were dating in the 70's. Loved that movie!