Irish colcannon and thyme leaf soup

Sunday, March 14, 2010


This recipe comes from Cooking Light and reinterprets an Irish classic: colcannon, a dish of mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. Garnish with extra thyme and black pepper.

What you'll need:
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, divided
  • 2 1/2  cups  diced peeled baking potato (about 14 ounces)
  • 1  cup  diced onion (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 3  cups  fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2  cups  water
  • 3  tablespoons  water
  • 8  cups  thinly sliced savoy cabbage (about 1 pound)
  • 1  tablespoon  chopped fresh thyme leaves

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add potato, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook 6 minutes. Add broth and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until potato is tender.

Combine 3 tablespoons water and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven; bring to a simmer. Add cabbage and thyme. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Place half of potato mixture in blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining potato mixture. Add potato mixture to cabbage mixture; cook over medium-low heat until thoroughly heated. Feeds 4 - 6.

Cost:
butter - $2.38
potatoes - $3.77/5 lb bag
yellow onions (3 lbs) - $0.99
bouillon cubes - $1.89/jar of 20
cabbage - $0.50/lb
Total - $2.35

3 of my favorite chefs had this to say....:

Chris said...

Nice, this is one I have never made or even had. It sounds good!

Terresa said...

Looks delish & perfect for this time of year!

Great blog! The budget-conscious mama in me knows I'll be back here to get some more $$ saving ideas.

The Muse said...

OH my gosh...with some hot homemade bread!? wow...oh I could sure have some right now!!!

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