my version of mashed potatoes.
delicious Colcannon. You can view Cathy's recipe on her blog here.
I wasn't exactly sure what I would make to go with the Colcannon. Yesterday morning, as I turned on my computer at work, my Google Browser displayed the Epicurious Recipe of the Day (which also inspired me to make the Peach Glazed Brisket). Today's recipe was for Guinness Glazed Lamb Chops. I'm not a fan of dark beer, but since Guinness is made in Dublin, and St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner-- it seemed a perfect choice for me to experiment with. I was intrigued about using Guinness to make a glaze. I had whole coriander and black pepper at home, so I thought I'd give it a go.
As soon as I arrived home, from work, I popped a can of Guinness, crushed some coriander and pepper and added that to 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
Per the recipe, I let this simmer for about 20 minutes, which gave me time to prepare the Colcannon.
I like to mark a wooden spoon, with a rubberband, so show where the liquid started. As you can see, the beer did reduce to about half, in 20 minutes.
The liquid did reduce to almost a syrup, and was strained.
I felt that the glaze wasn't quite thick enough, to my liking, so I return it to a boil-- for about five minutes.
There we are! A thick syrup, which I divided into two separate bowls.
Ah, yes, an Irish-Themed Dinner, if I do say so myself. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to "food-style" with Green or decorations. After all, this is a work night for me! I did, however, drizzle the extra glaze over the chops.
TASTING NOTES: The flavor of the glaze was surprisingly good. The brown sugar gave a slight sweetness to the glaze-- but not over-the--top, and the Guinness imparted a bit of a molasses flavor. Craig and I really liked the glaze-- a lot. I would definitely make this again, and I'd love to try this on some rib lamb chops.
I still have one more recipe I hope to make for St. Patrick's Day. Only, this one does have lamb in it and I am sure my husband will love it. The lamb stew with potatoes and barley was outstanding, and you can view the recipe here.
A printable recipe card is at the end of this post, or you can view it on Key Ingredient here.