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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

BUBBLE AND SQUEAK with WOW WOW SAUCE, and it's Irish cousin COLCANNON

Even though my Mom's family was English, I never had this dish until about 25 years ago, when a small tavern specializing in traditional English food opened in Commerce MI. The tavern is appropriately named BUBBLE AND SQUEAK, and it is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere!



BUBBLE AND SQUEAK


2 1/2 cps shredded Cabbage (about 1 lb)
3 Tbl Bacon drippings or Butter
1 med Onion, chopped
2 cps coarsely mashed Potatoes (about 1 lb)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp ground Black Pepper
1 lb thinly sliced cooked Roast Beef or Corned Beef

Plunge Cabbage in a pan of boiling salted water, cook 5 mins,, thoroughly drain in colander.
Heat a heavy 10" skillet over medium heat. Melt drippings, add Onions, and cook till soft. About 5 min. Lightly press on cabbage with the back of your spatula to remove any remaining moisture, and add to the onions. Stir in potatoes, salt and pepper. Press mixture down lightly with spatula. Lower heat to med. low. Top with slices of meat. Cook, covered, about 15 min. Do not stir. Remove cover, and cook 10 - 15 min, till bottom is nicely browned. If you listen, closely, you should hear how the dish got it's name! While dish is cooking, prepare sauce.

WOW WOW SAUCE

2 Tbls Butter
2 Tbls minced Onion
2 Tbls Flour
1 cp Beef stock
1 Tbl White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbl English style Mustard
1/2 tsp prepared Horseradish
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper

In a 1 1/2 qt. sauce pan, melt Butter over med heat. Add onion, stirring constantly, until soft but not brown. Stir in flour and cook one minute, stirring constantly. Add stock all at once and whisk until smooth. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 min.

Invert skillet contents onto plate. Cut Bubble and Squeak into wedges, and serve with sauce. Serves 6

COLCANNON

I like this served with Corned Beef at FIDDLER'S HEARTH here in South Bend.

2 lbs Potatoes, peeled and cut into eights
2 tsp Salt (divided)
4 slices Irish Bacon (if unavailable, use American)
4 cps shredded Cabbage
1 1/2 cp Green Onions or Leeks, finely chopped (if using Leeks, use white part only)
1/3 cp Milk
1/4 cp butter (melted)
1/8 tsp Pepper

In medium sauce pan, bring 1/2" water to boil. Add Potatoes, 1 tsp Salt, cover, and cook 15 - 20 mins, till fork tender. Drain thoroughly.

Meantime, in large, heavy skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove and drain, reserving drippings. In the reserved drippings, saute Cabbage and Onions, with 1/2 tsp salt, until soft and translucent. Covering pan helps vegetables cook faster.

In a large bowl, beat together potatoes , milk, remaining salt, and pepper until light and fluffy. Fold in Cabbage, Onions and crumbled Bacon. Make a well in the middle and pour in melted Butter. This goes really well with Corned Beef and Wow Wow Sauce!

posted by Mark


7 Comments:

  • At 12:42 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said…

    American Colcannon

    When sitting down to a traditional Irish boiled dinner, mash your potatoes with a fork, mash your carrots with a fork, cut up your cabbage and corned beef into bite size pieces. Add a generous amount of butter to taste then thoroughly mix all the food on your plate until it becomes a speckled mound. Salt and pepper to taste, dig in. :-)

     
  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger mister anchovy said…

    Um, do we get to drink a pint with dinner?

     
  • At 9:45 PM, Anonymous mark said…

    I think a pint is mandatory. Actually, Try the Bubble and Squeak with a pint of hard cider! Killer!

     
  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said…

    LOVE this stuff! My aunt made it for dinner once when I was over there visiting and I thought it was great. The wow wow sauce is something new to me though!

    You learn something new every day! I wasn't aware of what colcannon was before just now.

     
  • At 6:14 PM, Blogger Isabella di Pesto said…

    Okay, I've heard of bubble and squeak, but Mark, can you find a recipe for spotted dick?

    I'm not being cute. That's really an English recipe for a dessert.

    It sounds like a disease to me.

    ;)

     
  • At 5:42 PM, Blogger tshsmom said…

    I always wondered what Bubble and Squeak was. Sounds GREAT!

     
  • At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Made this Saturday night and the kids went nuts over it. I modified it slightly and added chopped ham instead of meat layers on top. The ham was ledt over from a spiral baked ham. The wow wow sauce just made it!
    This was YUMMY!

     

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