March 22, 2012

St. Paddy's Day Meal, Thirsty Pig Happy Hour

Just a few items for your Friday afternoon reading - I didn't tell you about the great St. Paddy's day meal I made last Saturday night. I never manage to photograph my Paddy's day meals, since we're all too busy drinking and carousing. But the colcannon this year was particularly stellar. 

Colcannon is mashed potatoes with lots of butter, steamed cabbage, and sausage or bacon mixed in. Um, delicious? I could pretty much eat it every day (woof). 

2010 Irish Feast

I also made a LOT, anticipating a lot of hungry revelers... I figured the ole Irish trick of stretching a meal with a lot of potatoes was in order! So between the leftover corned beef and the colcannon, I'm thinking there's some breakfast hash in my future. 

Adapted from Tyler Florence's Food Network recipe (why so complicated, Tyler??)

3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 (1-pound) piece ham or bacon, or 1 lb. sweet Italian sausage, cooked
4 scallions, finely chopped
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish

Peel, chop and boil potatoes. Remove from water and let cool in a colander. Add shredded cabbage into remaining potato water and cook for 5 minutes. Drain.

Mash potatoes with butter and milk; stir in cabbage and fully cooked sausage. Stir until combined. Season with pepper and serve with scallions and parsley.

Hard to believe it, but the end of this week brings summer like temps. We've got happy hour on the deck of the Thirsty Pig planned. This photo was taken at the end of last September at the Pig. Six months later, in the same dress, I'll be out on the patio, sweating again! So crazy, but I'll take it.  

And since our happy hour is before a show today (Keller Williams at Port City), maybe we'll lay down some meat before our (many) show beers. I dined at the Thirsty Pig a few months ago with the food blogger clan and had a Lithuanian Kielbasa, topped with brown mustard and sauerkraut. 

While it was delicious, I probably won't order it again, as it gave me terrible indigestion! I love a spice-filled sausage, but woo. I'll stick to the lighter fare (um, a different sausage?) or just some hot dogs. 

At any rate, I hope you have a great weekend and are up to something fun- I'm headed to Sugarloaf for the weekend and will be back with some great recipes from the ski condo!