With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, tonight I couldn’t resist making one more Irish-themed recipe. I had a bunch of kale in the fridge that I needed to use up, so my thoughts immediately went to colcannon, the traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. Then a conversation about potato pancakes got me thinking of the ones my mother used to make with leftover potatoes, and soon I was contemplating colcannon pancakes.
Sometime between cooking the potatoes and adding the seasonings I decided to try baking the colcannon in small balls. My theory was that my daughter would be more likely to eat a small green ball than a large green patty, a theory that was validated when she saw the potato-kale mixture and declared that I had just ruined a perfectly good batch of mashed potatoes.
Fortunately, she was still willing to give the cooked puffs a try, and after eating all three of the ones on her plate, she announced that they were better than they looked. I’ll take that as a compliment.
Tender on the inside, lightly crispy on the outside, these deliciously seasoned puffs may have your kids eating kale, too!
- 1 1/2 pounds potatoes you can peel if you want, but I didn’t
- 6 ounces kale
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons soymilk
- 2 tablespoons potato starch or corn starch
Cut the potatoes into small cubes (about 1/2-inch), put them in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, remove the center stalk from the kale and slice the leaves into strips. When the potatoes are done, lift them out with a slotted spoon and place in a large mixing bowl. Put the kale into the potato water and cook for 6 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove kale with a slotted spoon to a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and pulse to chop fine.
Preheat oven to 425 F. Mash the potatoes and add the kale and all remaining ingredients. Stir well. Using a well-rounded tablespoon, form into balls about 1 inch across. Place them on an oiled baking sheet or, preferably, a baking sheet covered with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully turn over and bake fore 20 minutes more, until lightly browned.
Nutritional data includes 2 tsp. salt. Use less to reduce sodium.
For more of my St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check out these recipes:
- St. Patrick’s Day Zucchini Muffins
- Dublin Coddle with Vegan Sausages
- Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew
- Vegan Corned Beef & Cabbage, Roasted Potatoes, and Soda Bread
And here are a few from some other fabulous blogs:
- VeganYumYum’s Colcannon
- Bryanna’s WHAT WE ATE FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER
- Karina’s Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread Recipe
- Book of Yum’s Awesome Vegan Veggie Pot Pie