Every weekend this summer, my friends and I are having a themed potluck. This past weekend, the theme was “Food from Study Abroad”. I studied in Ireland during the fall of 2009, and so I decided to make a dish that is quintessentially Irish – Colcannon.
Colcannon is a dish traditionally made from potatoes, either cabbage or kale, butter, cream, and some seasoning of salt and pepper. Sometimes, during prosperous times in Ireland, salted pork was also added. Colcannon is so Irish that it even has its own song:
Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?
The chorus goes:
Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.
I decided to not only veganize it, but make it a little more … flavorful. I added sauteed some onions with garlic to add a little something extra.
- ~8 red potatoes
- 1 large bunch kale
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup unsweetened soymilk
- ~ 2 1/2 TBSP vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1 package seitan (I used West Soy)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Chop the potatoes into 1 inch cubes, and boil in water with 1 tsp salt until tender. You can either peel them or keep the skins on – the nutrients are all in the skin. I kept mine on.
- While the potatoes are boiling, saute the onions and garlic until the onions are golden and the garlic is fragrant.
- Once the potatoes are tender, transfer them into a large bowl, but do not dump the water, as you will boil the kale in the water.
- Boil the kale in the potato water until tender, approximately 4 minutes.
- Put the kale in a food processor, and pulse ~3-4 times until chopped.
- Mash the potatoes with the vegan butter and soymilk, then fold in the onions and garlic and kale. You are done!