That night we were hankering for something not adobo, or with tomato sauce or with noodles. Something not Asian or Oriental. What to do? A rummage thru my magazine clippings yielded this simple recipe from the 2005 calendar of Delicious magazine.
Colcannon sounds rustic at the same time complicated. When everything's revealed - tada! It's simply mashed potatoes with veggies in it! Quite a good departure from your average mash. The veggies gives it more texture, colour and health-cred. While the pork chops were simply seasoned with salt and mustard then grilled until fully cooked. Lovely!
700 g floury potatoes (Maris Piper or King Edward)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 small onion - chopped
2 springs fresh thyme - leaves picked
1/2 small savoy cabbage - shredded
- Peel and chop potatoes to even chunks. Boil in a large pan of water (or you can steam it) until tender - about 20 minutes.
- Drain and return to the pan and return to the heat for 1 minute, shaking occassionally to dry off excess moisture. If you're steaming you don't have to do this.
- Mash potatoes with half the butter and all of the milk. Season and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan and fry the onion and thyme until onion is translucent (about 5-6 minutes).
- Add the cabbage and about 1-2 Tbsp of water. Cover and cook in medium heat for about 8-10 minutes or until soft.
- Mix in cooked cabbage with the mashed potatoes. Stir until well combined.
- Keep warm until ready to serve.
Mustard Pork Chop
4 x 225 g pork loin chops
2 Tbsp wholegrain mustard
salt to taste
- Season pork chops on both sides with salt.
- Divide the mustard between the chops and spread evenly.
- Grill for 4-5 minutes each side until golden and cooked through.
- Serve pork chops with the colcannon.