My husband loves potatoes as much as I love rice. Put it down to him being Irish and me being Chinese. It's just what we have grown up eating and enjoying. But how creative can you really be with potatoes? Before marrying him I only knew how to make mash potato and baked/roast potatoes. These days I have a few more recipes up my sleeves thanks to his love of the humble potato. One such recipe which is probably the most common one in Ireland is Colcannon. A mixture of left over mash and anything else really you have in the fridge. But the main ingredients should be mash potato and cabbage.
2 tablespoons butter
3 rashers of bacon (diced)
1/3 head of cabbage (shredded)
Pepper (salt is optional as I find the bacon gives it enough saltiness)
1. Boil the potato until they are soft.
2. Meanwhile just before the potatoes are ready, heat a pan and cook the bacon (2mins), add the shredded cabbage and cook for a further 2mins.
3. Once the potatoes are ready, drain and mash adding the butter, milk and cream.
4. Add the bacon and cabbage and stir it well.
Cooking the bacon.
Apparently what we call bacon here is not the same as in Ireland. Traditionally it should be the meat from the neck. The closest thing I could find was bacon off the shoulder.
Adding the shredded cabbage
It could be a meal on it's own. Carbs, meat and veg ; ) But we served ours with roast lamb. Yum!