About this recipe: Colcannon is a simple, warming Irish potato dish, combining mashed potatoes with shredded cooked cabbage and chopped spring onions. Here it is used as a lovely pie topping for chicken cooked in cider with sliced apples and carrots. The pie is a well-balanced meal in itself, needing no accompaniments.
Replace the cider with pressed apple juice. * Instead of cabbage and spring onions, use leeks in the potato topping. Cook 2 sliced leeks in the butter until tender. Mash the potatoes with the milk, then mix in the buttery leeks. * Make sherried liver topped with minted pea mash. Soften 1 sliced onion in 1 tbsp sunflower oil, then add 400 g (14 oz) lamb's liver, cut into strips and cook for 2–3 minutes. Add 2 sliced courgettes. Combine 250 ml (8½ fl oz) lamb or chicken stock, 2 tbsp medium-dry sherry, the grated zest and juice of 1 orange, and 1 tbsp tomato purée, and pour over the liver mixture. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook gently for 10 minutes. Transfer the liver and vegetables to the ovenproof dish. Thicken the liquid with 1 tbsp cornflour as in the main recipe, season and pour into the dish. For the topping, cook the potatoes for 10 minutes, then add 200 g (7 oz) mint-flavoured frozen peas. Bring back to the boil and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Drain and crush roughly with a fork, mixing in the milk, butter and 2 tbsp snipped fresh chives. Spread over the top of the liver mixture and grill as in the main recipe.
Savoy cabbage contains flavonoids that are believed to help suppress cancer-causing cells. It also contains other nutrients with protective properties, such as vitamins C and E. * Adding a green vegetable such as cabbage to a mashed potato topping is a tasty and clever way of increasing the vegetable content of a meal. It will also be appealing to children who may not always be fond of vegetables like cabbage when they are served separately.
A, B6, C, niacin * B1, E, folate, copper, potassium, selenium, zinc * B2, calcium, iron
Took shortcuts. Not shortcuts, really, but cooked the ingredients a little differently. Plus, I seasoned the chicken with the seasonings from the recipe while the chicken was initially cooking on the stove top. Also, did the suggestion of the sauteed leeks instead of cabbage to mix in with the mashed potatoes. If you can find Baby Leeks, I would recommend that. Also, instead of 'grilling' it, I baked it at 180C for about 25 minutes, until the sauce bubbled through. - 07 Jan 2011