Colcannon Pancakes over Caraway Roasted Cabbage
I chose Once (2006) for my Irish (St. Patricks day) movie because I have such a strong affection for it. It's a beautiful understated film set in Dublin, Ireland that follows a Czech immigrant and a street musician who meet one evening and begin to write songs together. We see over the coarse of a week how their unique love develops.
I paired this movie with an Irish classic called Colcannon, which is essentially mashed potatoes mixed up with curly kale and scallions. So here's the special recipe I made for this classic.
Makes about 3 good servings (12 small pancakes)
4 russet potatoes
1 bunch of curly kale
1 bunch of chopped green onion
1 cup vegenaise
roughly 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh grated horseradish (optional but recommended)
1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
1/2 cup flour of choice on a plate
Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces and boil until soft (about 15 minutes). mash the potatoes with sea salt and vegenaise (and horseradish if opting for it). Cut kale into manageable, bite size pieces and steam, boil or braise. I sauteed the kale with a bit of safflower oil then braised in some leftover pot liquor. This is also how I cooked my green onion. I realize not everyone just happens to have some pot liquor in their fridge, but maybe look at the ingredients ( in Baby Doll post) and see if you can't throw some of that together for a braising liquid.
Stir in the kale and green onion. Coat a frying pan with safflower oil, form colcannon into palm sized patties, coat in flour and pan fry on medium until golden brown on both sides.
One head of green cabbage, sliced
1 Tablespoon of caraway seeds
coat cabbage with oil and sprinkle liberally with sea salt. Sprinkle caraway seeds over the cabbage. Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes, flipping half way in between.