St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Since St. Patrick’s Day was on a Wednesday, I decided to make a few Irish favorites instead of going out and getting wasted.

First up is Oven Roasted Cabbage. It was really simple to make and turned out fantastic.

Ingredients:
1 head of cabbage
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cut the cabbage into wedges (or more or less, depending on the size of your head), and spread them out on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 for 20 min, then stir cabbage and roast for an additional 10-20 min, until the edges are brown and crispy.

Next up is Colcannon. I had never heard of this dish until I saw it on Tastespotting. It’s a little more labor intensive, but it was worth it.

Ingredients:
Fruity extra virgin olive oil, as needed
3 cups of warm cooked potatoes- leftovers work beautifully for this
3/4 cup or so warm plain hemp, nut or rice milk
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 rounded cups thinly shredded cabbage- I used both green and purple cabbage
1 medium carrot, peeled and shredded thin
5 scallions (spring onions), sliced- reserve a few slices for garnish
3/4 cup chopped roasted green chiles- mild or spicy

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mash and whip the warm potatoes with the warmed hemp milk until creamy smooth. Drizzle with olive oil, to taste; and season with sea salt and ground pepper. Stir in. Taste test for seasoning. Set aside. In a skillet, heat a dash of olive oil over medium-high heat and add the garlic. Stir for less than a minute. Add the shredded cabbage, carrots and scallions. Cook and stir for a few minutes- just until the cabbage has wilted and softened a bit, but still tender-crisp. Stir in the green chiles and remove from heat.
Add the cabbage skillet mixture to the smashed potatoes and stir together. Spoon the colcannon into a casserole dish and cover. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 to 30 minutes, until piping hot. Serve with a garnish of sliced scallions.

And last but not least, I made some bread to go with it. I was planning on making Irish Soda Bread, but once I started getting the ingredients together I realized I didn’t have baking powder! So I just made another loaf with the recipe I’ve posted here.

You might be wondering where the protein is in this meal, well I ended up not making one because all this was enough as is. It was very filling and very good!

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