Archive for January, 2011


Posted in Comfort Food, Irish, Recipes with tags , , , on January 30, 2011 by thekytchnwytch

Colcannon can best be defined as “heaven in a bowl.” Other people might call it “Irish Mashed Potatoes.” It’s a wonderful dish on its own, but becomes amazing beyond words when you top it with “Beef and Guinness.”


2 pounds red potatoes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup sour cream, plain yogurt, or heavy cream
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup grated romano and parmesan blend
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Wash and dice into one inch cubes. I prefer to not peel the potatoes, but do so if that’s what you like.

2. Place potatoes into a pot and cover with water over a medium to high heat.

3. Simmer them for about 15 minutes or until they are tender. During the last five minutes of the potatoes’ cooking time, add the cabbage so that it will cook.

4. Drain the mixture and reserve liquid for making soup at a later time.

5. Place the potatoes and cabbage into a bowl. Add the sour cream/yogurt/heavy cream, butter, and grated cheese. Mash everything together and try to not drool into the bowl as you imagine eating them.

6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, before serving.


Beef and Guinness

Posted in Comfort Food, Irish, Recipes, Soups and Stews with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by thekytchnwytch

This is a recipe I initially got from as “Traditional Beef and Guinness” by Margaret Johnson.  The original recipe is fantastic, but I always like to customize.  🙂  btw, PLEASE don’t leave out the raisins!  They are important as their sweetness balances the bitterness of the Guinness.  Eat “as-is” or do what I LOVE and serve this over colcannon.

• 2 Tablespoons olive oil
• 2 pounds lean beef, cubed
• 2 to 3 large onions, peeled and sliced
• 1/4 cup all purpose flour
• 4 carrots, thickly sliced
• 4 parsnips, thickly sliced
• 1 head celery, thickly sliced
• 2 quarts homemade beef stock, or canned low-salt beef broth
• 1 12 fluid ounce bottle of Guinness Stout
• 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
• 2 Tablespoons raisins
• 1 Tablespoon tomato puree
• 2 Tablespoons pearled barley, uncooked
• Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
• 2 Tablespoons minced parsley


1. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and brown the meat all at once over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Cook until the meat is lightly browned. Remove to a large kettle or dutch oven.

2. Reduce the heat in the skillet.  Add the onions and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft but not browned.  Add the flour and stir to coat the onions. Transfer the onions to the kettle with the meat and add the remaining ingredients.

3. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender. Adjust seasonings and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

This recipe also works perfectly in a slow cooker.  Do steps 1 and 2 just the same way, except put it in the slow cooker rather than a kettle, set it on low, and let it cook all day.