I’ve been wanting to do this Irish staple for a long time. Simple but nice and filling. I had to add some kind of meat to turn it into a full meal. In this case, scallops. Because, that’s what I have available.
I added a little ground mace to the flavor just so it wouldn’t be just another mashed potato dish. It does add a hint of nutmeg, not much but enough to make it different. I love it!
Ingredients (2-3 servings):
6 pcs Sea Scallops, thawed
2 medium-size Russet Potatoes, diced into small cubes
1/2 ball of small Cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 Leek, thinly sliced (discard green top)
4-6 strips of Bacon, crumbled or cut into small pieces
2-3 Garlic Cloves
A handful of Parsley, finely chopped
1 cup of Low-Fat Milk, warmed
3 tbs. butter
Salt & Pepper
Prep everything before you start cooking. Boil the cubed potatoes in a pot of salted water until soft, about 20 minutes. In another pot, also with salted water, boil cabbage until soft but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Drain water and set aside.
Cook the bacon in a pan to crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel and let it rest and drain excess grease. Season the scallops with ground mace and salt & pepper. Take most of the grease out of the pan and sear the scallops in medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side. Be careful not to overcook them. Set aside on a plate. In the same pan, bring the heat down to about medium-low and sauté the garlic and leek for a few minutes or until leek is translucent. Turn the heat off.
When potatoes are done, drain the water then add milk, butter, a dash of ground mace and salt & pepper to taste. Also, add the sautéed garlic and leek to the mixture and start mashing until everything is fully incorporated. You might want to see if you need more or less milk than 1 cup. But you want the mash nice and creamy, not dry. Now, stir in the cooked shredded cabbage. Finally, add in the crumbled bacon and parsley and fold evenly.
Serve in a soup bowl and top with scallops. And if you want. garnish with more parsley and crumbled bacon.