Cooking Up Colcannon

An Irish Recipe for Saint Patrick’s Day

Serves 2

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With just a week to go until Saint Patrick’s Day, we’ve been experimenting with two separate recipes for the traditional Irish dish, Colcannon…using red potatoes, Savoy cabbage and lots of creamy Irish butter! Serve this hearty classic alongside steamed carrots and homemade Irish soda bread to make for an authentically delicious and simply satisfying taste of Irish cuisine.


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INGREDIENTS

1/2 head of Savoy cabbage

3 large red potatoes

1 1/2 cup chopped leek 

1/2 large sweet onion 

1 clove garlic 

1 tbsp olive oil

4 ounces butter (preferably salted Kerrygold)

salt and pepper to taste

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Classic Colcannon is made with white-headed cannonball cabbage, which is quite popular in the United States. For this recipe we opted for the more aesthetic and lacy textured Savoy cabbage which is named after the Savoy Region in France. Another preference is that Savoy cabbage does not turn into mush when cooked. This varietal has the same flavor and appearance as regular cabbage when cooked, but retains a firm texture and crunchiness, which is desired for this recipe. 


PREPARATION

•• Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks of 2-1/2 inches. •• Place the potatoes into a bowl of cold water and rinse until the water runs clear, eliminating the starch. •• Strain and place the potatoes in a large pan with cold water and salt to taste. •• Over a medium heat bring the potatoes to a full boil for approximately 15-20 minutes. •• To test the readiness of the potatoes, take a small cutting knife and pierce random pieces then hold the knife upwards. •• When the potato falls from the knife back into the water, the potato is ready. •• Note that the potatoes should be cooked to softness and not mush, in preparation for a purée. •• To prepare the cabbage, cut in one half and reserve the other half for future use. •• Cut the cabbage into portions of approximately 1 inch thickness and then into smaller bite size portions. •• Place in a colander and rinse throughly, taking care to remove any excess sand. •• Prepare the leeks by removing the dark green leafy ends. •• Cut the leek vertically in half and then slice into ringlets. •• Peel half of the sweet onion and a garlic clove. •• Slice and dice into small pieces. •• Using the flat of your knife, crunch the garlic with a pinch of salt. •• In a pre-warmed sauté pan over a medium heat, combine 1 tbsp of olive oil with 1 tsp of butter. •• Once you have observed slight bubbling, add the onion, crunched garlic and leeks. •• Reduce the heat to medium low and allow the mixture to sweat, bringing forth the sweetness of the onions and the leeks. •• Cook the mixture slowly to avoid burning, stirring occasionally until you observe a golden hue. •• When the onion and leek mixture is ready, add the cabbage into the sauté pan along with 2 tbsps of butter and 3 tbsps of water. •• Let the mixture cook down slowly over a low heat for approximately 20 minutes to softness. •• Purée the potatoes, using a hand-held masher. •• Combine 5 tbsps of butter with the potatoes along with 3 tbsps of half and half. •• Salt and pepper to taste. •• Purée the potatoes to a chunky consistency, avoiding smoothness. •• Mix the potato purée into the sauté pan of cabbage and leeks, gently folding the potato purée into the mixture. •• Top with butter and serve piping hot.••

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••  très bon •• 


 

A French Breakfast

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Breaking the fast in France is typically fuss-free and minimal.  Great starts begin with fresh fruits in season and tartine, which is another name for your favorite crusty bread topped with butter and “confiture” (jam). Morning coffee is “café au lait” (coffee with milk) served in a small bowl which comes in handy when dipping your tartine.

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Warm up your January in the kitchen with homemade French thyme baguette! Slice into desired portion sizes fresh from the oven, then top with softened butter and your favorite confiture. Another perfect and healthy accompaniment to a French breakfast is a simple fruit salad in season with just a sprinkling of shaved organic chocolat!

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Bonne Journée.


 

Baked Artichokes Anyone?

Artichauts Cuits au Four

Baked Artichokes

Serves 2

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INGREDIENTS

2 large fresh artichokes

(best in season from March through May)

3 cloves garlic

3-4 sprigs of fresh parsley

1 cup fresh gluten free bread crumbs or gluten free crackers

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup white wine, Chardonnay

herbed sea salt & pepper to taste

4 tbsp butter

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PREPARATION

•• Warm the oven to 350°. Using a serrated knife, remove the stems and approximately 1/4 of the leaves from the top. •• Steam the artichokes in a pot of boiling water for 5-6 minutes for medium sized and 15 minutes for large. •• Once the leaves become tender, remove from the steam and retain a cup of the water for later use. •• On a plastic cutting board, finely chop the garlic and parsley while mixing together as the parsley absorbs some of the strength of the garlic. •• Mix in the bread crumbs, herbed sea salt and pepper to taste. •• Place the artichokes in a large bowl and pour the bread crumb mixture over the tops of the artichokes. •• Gently spread the leaves apart allowing the crumbs to trickle down inside, filling the leaves. •• Place the artichokes in a baking dish and lightly drizzle olive oil over the top. •• Mouiller the artichokes with some of the reserved steamed artichoke water and white wine to moisten. •• Top with pats of butter. •• Pour additional water into the bottom of the baking dish and cover with foil. •• Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown. ••

•• ooh la la ••


Miettes de Pain Sans Gluten

Gluten Free Breadcrumbs

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PREPARATION

Slice dried gluten free bread into small cubes.

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Using a hand-held masher or mortar and pestle, grind the bread cubes until fine.

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For later use, add herbed sea salt.

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Gluten free crackers can also be substituted.

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Asparagus Tips

Asperges

Asparagus

 

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Asparagus (asperges) was the favored vegetable of France’s King Louis XIV.  Also known as the Sun King, Louis even went as far as to declare asparagus, the “King of Vegetables”. When preparing this highly nutritive, flowering perennial plant, our first instinct usually finds us at the chopping block with a sharp knife in hand. But there’s a better way! From his kitchen on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, watch Professor of Cuisine, Jack Legras of Lenôtre demonstrate a simple preparation technique for asparagus.


•• French with English Subtitles ••