Monday, March 21, 2011


Did you know that black kale can also be called Dinosaur kale
It seems that for St. Patrick's Day everyone celebrates by eating corned beef and cabbage. While I love having the house smell like cabbage for days on end, my favorite side dish is colcannon. Colcannon is mashed potatoes mixed with traditionally kale, or cabbage. I've made various versions over the years some involving lots of different kinds of greens, but I knew black kale would be making an appearance this year.  The version I made this year had a couple of shallots, half a leek, some milk and the kale. After you mash the cooked and peeled potatoes, slowly add the warmed milk and shallot mixture. Then throw in the kale and let it wilt. Season with salt and pepper, add some butter if feeling decadent, eat along with corned beef sandwiches.  Leftovers can also be made into little potato cakes and browned in a pan, also known as bubble and squeak.

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