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Special Colcannon

What you need: 

5 to 6 medium white potatoes, cut into chunks, unpeeled
1/2 medium celeriac (celery root), skin peeled, cut into chunks
1/4 cup vegan margarine, divided
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1/2 medium white cabbage, shredded
1 large leek, sliced

What you do: 

1. In a pot, boil potatoes and celeriac in plenty of salted water for 20 minutes, or until soft. Drain and return to pan. Mash with 2 tablespoons margarine and olive oil. Add water, as needed, to reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper and add more olive oil if a richer mash is desired.
2. In another pot, bring enough water to cover cabbage to a boil. Add cabbage and blanch for a few minutes, then rinse under cold water and drain.
3. Stir the blanched cabbage into the mash, cover, and set aside.
4. In a pan, heat the additional margarine. Add the leek and fry until softened.
5. Stir leek into mash and serve.
This is my take on an old Scottish/Irish recipe. Adding celeriac to the mash infuses the dish with it's subtle, celery-like taste. Another option is to form the finished Colcannon into large, round patties and fry these in hot oil, turning frequently until they are brown and crispy on the outside.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
2 to 3

SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made this last St. Patty's Day. My hubby was doubtful at first but after he tried it, it became one of our favorite comfort foods. It's also very adaptable to whatever you have on hand. ;)b

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