This traditional Irish dish is a combo of cabbage, potatoes and bacon. Rachel made and served this today on her show (aired Oct. 15th, 2008) paired with pork tenderloin - voila! Colcannon Rachael style.
- 2 pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin (each about 1 pound)
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons McCormick grill seasoning
- 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
- 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1⁄2 lb Canadian bacon
- 1 lb green cabbage, shredded
- 1⁄4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (about a handful)
- 2 tablespoons chives, chopped (about half a handful)
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Place the pork tenderloins onto a baking sheet and coat them with 2 tablespoons of EVOO, grill seasoning and grainy mustard, rubbing to evenly coat.
- Transfer to the oven and roast until cooked to your desired doneness, about 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the pork reaches 145ºF.
- Let the meat rest about 5 minutes once it comes out of the oven.
- While the pork is roasting, place the potatoes into a medium-size saucepan and cover them with cold water.
- Add some salt and place over medium-high heat to bring to a bubble.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.
- Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot they were cooked inches
- Add the butter and milk and mash the potatoes.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon.
- Add the Canadian bacon to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the meat from the pan and chop it up.
- Add the cabbage to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook over medium-high heat until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes.
- Season the cabbage with salt and pepper, and add it, along with the chopped bacon and herbs, to the pot of smashed potatoes.
- Give everything a good stir to combine.
- Thinly slice the pork tenderloins and serve with the colcannon alongside.
Even DH who has a very dim view of cabbage loved this! I swaped out the tenderloin for pork chops but made the rest as directed. It reminds me of Bubble and Squeak type dishes I grew up with in England. I deliberately made extra so I could have the leftovers today fried with bacon and eggs. Definitely going to be part of my repertoire now!. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. Oh, if there are Canadians out there puzzled about WTH Canadian bacon might be (we don't have such a name for it here) it is what we know as 'Back Bacon' - Peameal bacon will work too - that is what I used.
My dh loved this dish, give it 5 *'s he said. It was tasty and very comforting on a cold winter night. What's not to like, mashed potatoes, fried cabbge and bacon, served along side a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin. The mustard was perfect with the pork and the spices. We really enjoyed this quick and easy to make dish. I didn't have any parsley or chives so I subed with green onions, they were great in the dish. Thanks for sharing Chelle. Made for Cookathon.
Very nice combination, pork with mustard and mash with cabbage and bacon.