Usually I take this in stride but occasionally I find myself needing a little pick me up, and rich delicious comforting food will do that (at least for me).
So what to make? For a little background information I am a big tea drinker, especially black tea with some milk and sugar. There are not too many nights that I don't have a spot of tea in the evening, and this particular night definitely called for tea so I decided to go with something that would complement my little cup of hot wonderful. The initial thing that came to mind was colcannon, which is a hearty, stick to your bones dish from Ireland.
Colcannon to me is the one of the ultimates in good cheap comfort food, and it is quite simply a mix of buttery mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. I decided to got the cabbage route since I just so happened to find a beautiful head of cabbage at the market. And if this dish wasn't fattening enough, add some yummy bacon just for good measure. I justified this decision by telling myself that this is also a traditional addition to this dish, and why not go with tradition right? I followed it up with some crusty bread and some good Irish cheddar and voila! I found myself in fat heaven, along with my cup of hot wonderful of course. So did it cheer me up? Yes. Did my butt grow an inch as a result? Yes. Oh well, maybe it's time to invest in a treadmill......or some willpower.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
3lbs russet potatoes peeled and quartered
1/2 lb bacon chopped
In a large pot boil potatoes over medium high heat until for tender, about 15 minutes. While the potatoes are boiling heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Add chopped bacon and cook until the bacon starts to get crispy, about 4 minutes. Drain the excess fat and add the cabbage to the pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and saute until the cabbage is tender but not too soft, about 5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and mash using a food mill, potato ricer, or mixer. Add the butter, half and half, and remaining salt and pepper. Stir in the the cabbage and bacon mixture and serve immediately.
Note: Leeks, chives, or scallions would be a very yummy addition to this dish....maybe even some good grated Irish cheddar.