Friday, March 16, 2012

Colcannon (Irish Lasagna)

This recipe for Colcannon (Irish Lasagna) was sent in by Cousins fan Judy Deubel Mastrangelo: "Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish typically served mixed together in a bowl, with or without bacon. I tried it served this way a few years ago in an Irish Pub on St. Patrick's Day and re-created it at home. Enjoy!"

1 pound potatoes, cooked and drained  (I prefer Yukon Gold)
1 medium head green cabbage, shredded
1 large yellow onion, chopped
12 slices bacon, cooked well and crumbled
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 stick salted butter, divided in half, plus 2 tbsp butter, cut in pieces
1 cup whole milk or Half & Half
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray an oblong pyrex dish with Pam. 
Mash potatoes with 1/2 stick butter, milk and black pepper with electric mixer until smooth. 
Spread half the potatoes in the bottom of the pan.  
Melt remaining 1/2 stick of butter in frying pan. 
Add cabbage, onion and caraway seeds. Sauté until soft and reduced.  
Spread on top of potatoes.  Sprinkle crumbled bacon evenly over the cabbage.  
Top with remaining potatoes.  
Dot top of casserole with reserved butter.  
Bake until slightly browned.  

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