I love hearty food. We eat a lot of “good for us” food ’round these parts but every now and then you want something warm, rich and (semi) traditional. That calls for crap I wouldn’t normally keep in my home.
Tonight I wanted Colcannon. BAD. Here’s my lazy vegan version. This isn’t fancy, clean or gourmet. But darn it it hit the spot!
For the Colcannon
Boil together: 2 2/3 cups of vegetable broth
1 tsp grey salt
Pepper to taste (I didn’t use any)
1 tsp minced garlic
4 tbl vegan “butter” they do exist I promise.
While that’s coming to a boil chop either kale or purple lettuce (you can also use cabbage but I prefer kale) I chopped enough for 3 cups.
When the vegetable broth concoction reaches a boil toss in kale and let boil for three minutes. Remove from heat an add 2 2/3 cups *gasp* instant mashed potatoes (be careful purchasing these, you’d be amazed at the processed food that contains milk) and 1 2/3 cup almond milk. Mix well.
For the spiced Irish “steak” (please note this is not a traditional recipe, more or less the gist of it made lazily and quickly)
Spray a pan with olive oil
Sauté fake “beefless” tips (enough for three servings)
1 tsp garlic
2 tbl raw sugar
2 tbl maple syrup (the traditional uses molasses)
1 tsp grey salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp nutmeg
8 oz of stout
Mix well and bring to a boil. Then…just let it keep boiling. I lost track of time because I started multitasking and washing dishes but just keep that burner on high until the “steak” becomes slightly carmelized and the liquid appears to just barely cover the bottom of the pan.
Serve on top of the Colcannon and you’re all set! I’m stupidly full now and feel slightly guilty but it was worth it!