I should note that until about a year ago, I hated cabbage. I could not think of a more vile vegetable. I think it was because when I was growing up, a prerequisite for having an Australian BBQ was coleslaw. Raw cabbage and Praise Mayonnaise -- or worse, the pre-packaged stuff you pick up from Woolies. I'm shuddering at the thought of it now (maybe it has improved since I was a child... I'm open to new coleslaw recipes!). Then I discovered okonomiyaki and was blown away at how good a cabbage pancake could taste (finely shredded is the key). I had heard of colcannon, but it's only something that has recently become a favourite. Cheap, easy, warm and comforting in winter.
I based this recipe mostly on Maggie and Simon's recipe for ingredients and method, but I also borrowed from Moosewood's recipe as well, which includes broccoli and a sprinkling of cheese. So here is my adaptation:
Beth's cosy colcannon creation
Can be frozen for up to 6 weeks.
1/3 savoy cabbage, finely shredded
600 g pontiac potatoes, peeled (low GI!)
1 head of broccoli, chopped into small florets
100 ml low fat milk
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1/2 cup low fat tasty cheese
Salt and pepper
- Boil (or microwave) potatoes until tender but not falling apart. If boiling, drain, then allow to rest in the open to dry.
- Steam cabbage for 3 minutes, until soft, but not totally soggy
- Steam broccoli for 4-5 mins until soft, but not soggy, colorless and flavourless (which was my mother's way of cooking them!)
- Warm butter and milk in a pan or on a low setting in the microwave. Set aside.
- Combine potato, cabbage, broccoli, butter, milk and S&P in a large bowl.
- Transfer to a rectangular baking dish, smooth out. Sprinkle with spring onion and cheese. Grill until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
I usually serve this as a side dish with other chunky roasted vegetables (carrot, pumpkin etc), however it makes an excellent accompaniment for meat or sausages.