Potatofest 2006

Rebecca Writes is hosting a potato fest– and this is just the right time of year for it- while the weather turns cold and you want something substantial on your table. She has a wonderful picture from Carl Larsson to help in the celebration and is gathing in the recipes and posts from all over.

I have something to contribute as well ( to go with the recipe inspiration from The Anchoress earlier in the week) Just too much happiness for one week 🙂

Ok. Here is my recipe [posted a long time ago in one of my old blogs, Spiced Tea]:

Homey Colcannon-based Casserole

For the casserole base: You will need some potatoes, I recommend Yukon Gold.

bag of coleslaw- sliced cabbage

small onion sliced finely, sauted til soft

some heavy cream, and some milk, as well as a bit of butter. Some shredded cheese, I used cheddar.

And slices of Gouda.

One parsnip, some breadcrumbs,

some flavored olive oil ( I like cilantro flavored),

and your favorite spice mix (like for bread dipping).

OK. Slosh a bit of the heavy cream across the bottom of the casserole dish.

Fill large pan with water to parboil the sliced potatoes. Remove those and place in casserole dish or glass pan. Add some milk enough to keep the potatoes moist during baking. Sprinkle with salt , cracked pepper and Hungarian Paprika.

Next layer the onions on top

Use the same water to parboil the sliced cabbage until just fresh green. Remove to bowl.

Press out excess water then add as a layer on top of the potatoes.

Sprinkle with more Paprika, salt and cracked pepper.

Dot with butter over the top, cover with aluminum foil, and bake slowly at 300 degrees ( slow oven) until everything is nicely baked.

Remove from the oven and then sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese.

Ok that is the basic, but here is what sets it apart:

Saute parsnip, sliced into matchsticks, in a drizzle of the olive oil sprinkled with the dipping spices.

After they soften, add breadcrumbs and continue to cook til crumbs brown.

Add thin slices of Gouda to the top of the colcannon casserole, melt a bit, add the parsnips as a garnish around the side.

It probably has bunches of calories from the cheese, but it is very good, satisfying and nutritious . Very homey type meal. Excellent with Constant Comment Green tea.

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