This recipe is so good, it's hard to even write about it without fighting some serious cravings. Colcannon is a truly Irish comfort food that should be a regular dish in everyone's kitchen. Creamy mashed potatoes, crispy bacon, cabbage and onions with a side of bangers and smothered in a creamy, rich brown sugar, Guinness gravy. It's a simple dish that is filling and flavorful. The best kind of recipe to have in your stash. Check out this yummy meal, from Foodista contributor: Lisa Fountain.
Bangers and Colcannon with Brown Sugar Guinness Gravy
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes
4 oz bacon
1 head cabbage
4 spring onions
3/4 pound pork sausage
12 ounces Guinness beer
salt and pepper
My basics tonight were thick cut bacon, sausages, potatoes, and cabbage. Almost everything else I had on hand, so on top of being a celebration of a literary masterpiece, this was cheap enough a meal for even Stephen Dedalus to afford (in today’s economy – relatively speaking, that is). Whole Foods used to carry bangers, but when I asked the butcher why I didn’t see them in the window, he said no one had ever purchased them or even showed any interest — until they no longer had them. But they did have a non-Italian styled “garlic and pork” sausage, which was mild enough to stand-in for the traditional banger, even if they were larger. I purchased 3, knowing I’d split them later.
I start with my potatoes, which I peel, cut into 8ths, dump into salted water, and bring to a boil for about 15 minutes, or until I can easily pierce them with a fork.
Meanwhile, I dice my bacon and very thinly slice my cabbage.
The bacon goes into a hot pan, along with a generous helping of fresh cracked black pepper, to render all the fat and crisp.