Friday, April 1, 2011

Cabbage and Potatoes

This was my belated and poor imitation of a St. Patrick's Day Irish meal. Until recent years, St. Paddy's day for me has been all about the beer. Since I'm not in any way Irish, I really don't even know what a traditional Irish meal should be. I did a little nosing around the internet, and put together this strange, but surprisingly tasty (and extremely easy) little meal.

Cabbage and Sausage
1 onion, chopped
3 veggies sausages, halved and sliced (I used Tofurky Polish Sausages)
3 cups sliced cabbage
1/2 cup of liquid (I used beer. Most (like 99%) of the alcohol cooks off. Broth would work fine).
Irish Cheddar Cheese, shredded (at least this part was Irish)

Brown the onion in a little oil and add the sausage. After that browns a bit, add the liquid until almost gone. Add in the cabbage, salt and pepper and cook until slightly wilted. Sprinkle a little cheese on top.

Mashed Potatoes
4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk, warmed
salt and pepper

Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain. Add butter, milk and salt & pepper. Mash with a potato masher. Sprinkle some cheese on these, too.

Here's the deal...the cabbage thing was fine (Graham loves those little veggies sausages...I guess veggie or not, kids like the processed meat), but those potatoes were AWESOME. I don't make potatoes very often, and if I do, usually just roast them in the oven. But there was just something about these! I got the recipe off of all-recipes or something, and I will not forget it. They were even better without the cheese. I don't know if it was the warmed milk or what (probably the eight tablespoons of butter), but they were perfectly light and smooth. All in all, I don't know how Irish this was, but it made for a fun Thursday night dinner.

*Cabbage is a great addition to any meal. It is a good source of vitamin C and K, as well as B6, Folate, and even a pretty good source of protein.

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