So, this is basically an excuse to post another mashed potato recipe while giving it a fancy name. Hehehehe.
Colcannon is traditionally a mix of potatoes and cabbage, but kale is a delicious alternative. Its stringy, chewy leaves provide great contrast in the texture, and I find that kale is excellent at soaking in and retaining all the flavors you cook it in. If you cook it in wine and garlic, each juicy bite is going to taste fantastic.
And when you throw that juicy kale in with some soft and creamy mashed potato, strong cheddar cheese and butter, you are in for a serious treat.
It is pure comfort food, but it has a really great fresh taste and all the nutrients from the greens. There is so much flavor going on that you do not need any gravy. Drowning it in gravy would really be a waste.
I ate it alongside a simple pan of roasted chickpeas and tomatoes with fresh herbs. It would also be a great side dish for a veggie pie, or some big roasted field mushrooms.
I used a vintage cheddar cheese, but blue cheese or a gruyere could be quite magical here too. Just make sure that whatever cheese you use has a lot of flavor. A mild rubbery cheese won’t do much for the taste.
If you’re vegan, you could replace the cheddar cheese with some nutritional yeast and the butter with vegan margarine, or more olive oil.
My butter and cheese measurements are a little vague, I know, but it really comes down to how much butter and cheese you’re willing to include! More is always tastier, but it’s easy to make this incredibly fatty and you may not wish to do so. Use your judgement!
wine & cheese kale colcannon
- 160g (5.6oz) kale
- 5 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tblsps of white wine
- 3 medium potatoes
- 2 Tblsps of extra virgin olive oil
- 2-4 Tblsps butter
- 1-2 heaping dessertspoonfuls of plain greek yogurt
- A few handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
- Chop your potatoes into quarters and drop into a saucepan with boiling water. Boil for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
- Meanwhile, prepare the kale. Heat a little olive oil in a deep saucepan or wok, and then stir fry the kale for a couple of minutes until it just starts to soften. Grind in a generous amount of salt and pepper followed by the garlic. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is giving off lots of fragrance but is not yet browned. Finally, pour in the wine. Cover and allow the wine to steam the kale for about 5 minutes, or until it's cooked through. Lift the lid to stir every now and again, and if the liquid disappears too quickly you can add some extra wine.
- Once the potatoes are ready, run them through a potato ricer or whip with a mixer to get them super smooth. Then add them to the pan with the kale. Over a low heat, add the butter, olive oil, greek yogurt and cheese to the pan and stir continuously while everything melts in.
- Eventually once the cheese and butter have melted, it should be very easy to stir and will come away from the side of the pan easily. I like this to be a little dense and sticky, but if you prefer more creamy and moist potatoes, add some milk or additional yogurt.
- Add additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.