Tasty Tuesday–Colcannon

I know that St. Patrick’s Day is still six months away (exactly six months from today!), but I wanted to try out this traditional Irish potato dish early so I could decide if I wanted to add it to our holiday meal next year. I loved it…potatoes, bacon, cabbage…how can you go wrong? It got mixed reviews from the rest of my family, but enough of us liked it that I think I just may make it on March 17 next year!

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  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.
Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.

Tasty Tuesday–Roast Potatoes

This is a super easy recipe, and not too hard to figure out, but just in case you were wondering how to make some awesome roast potatoes…

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  • Small red potatoes (or a mix of small potatoes–a variety of colors makes for a pretty side dish!)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Cut up potatoes (I usually quarter them, unless they’re unusually big or small), and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle generously with olive oil and salt well. Sprinkle with pepper. Roast for 20 minutes, then turn potatoes, and add more olive oil, salt, and pepper as needed (you don’t want them to be dry!). Roast for another 20 minutes, or until browned and crispy on the outside. You can also add other seasonings like garlic or rosemary with the salt and pepper to change the flavor up a bit!