CHEF SAM MARVIN’S TRADITIONAL COLCANNON RECIPE
- 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
- 1 savoy cabbage, trimmed, pale-green leaves finely shredded (4 cups)
- 1 leek, pale-green and white parts only, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Coarse salt
- Preheat broiler. Peel and quarter potatoes, and place in a medium saucepan; add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to saucepan. Mash with a potato masher or pass through a ricer; cover pan to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, in another saucepan, combine cabbage, leek, milk, 2 tablespoons butter, and nutmeg; season with salt. Cover, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cabbage and leek is soft but not browned, about 15 minutes. Stir into potatoes.
- Spread mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish. Make a small well in the center, and place under the broiler until lightly browned on top, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from broiler. Place remaining 2 tablespoons butter in well. Serve immediately, spooning melted butter from well onto each serving, if desired
- 4 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
- 2 1/2 pounds new potatoes, scrubbed
- 2 medium onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 28 ounces beef broth
- 1 pint Irish stout beer (Guinness)
- 10 garlic cloves, sliced
- Kosher salt and ground pepper
- 20 ounces frozen baby peas, thawed
- Preheat oven to 350. In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, toss beef with flour; stir in tomato paste. Add potatoes, onions, broth, beer, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer pot to oven, and cook, covered, until meat is fork-tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir in peas, and season with salt and pepper.
Lucky Charms Brownie
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup margarine (softened)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter (softened)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (as needed)
- 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
- 6 drops green food coloring
- 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons buter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup lucky charms
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a cup or small bowl in the microwave. Stir at 15 second intervals until chocolate is smooth. Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl, and stir in the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Stir in the flour just until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared dish and spread evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the surface appears dry and the sides are beginning to pull away from the edges of the pan, 20 to 25 minutes. The brownies may look more like cake and may jiggle slightly in the center- this is normal. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan set over a wire rack.
- To make the middle layer, beat 1/2 cup of butter with confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add milk as needed to get a spreadable consistency. Stir in the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Spread this over the cooled pan of brownies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
- In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips with the butter until melted. Stir every 20 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Stir in vanilla and then pour over the chilled brownies and quickly spread to cover the surface, sprinkle with Lucky Charms all over the top and cool again until firm, about 10 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.