Thursday, November 18, 2010

Twice-Baked Colcannon, and a Giveaway From Turtle Island/Tofurky!

Continuing on what might turn out to be a theme, you may vaguely recognize this photo. It was posted on the old PPK boards. However, the recipe was never posted, so your eyes are the first to see it! If you don't know colcannon, make friends with it. This delicious Irish concoction mixes homey cabbage and creamy mashed potatoes for perfect cold-weather comfort food. I've mixed in some caramelized onions for sweetness and depth. It's great as is, but to add even more interest, you could fold in some sliced scallions before the final baking, and/or sprinkle lightly with smoked paprika after the final baking.

Twice-baked colcannon with caramelized onions

Measurements are per serving if you're eating this as a main dish, so multiply by the number of servings you'd like. If you're serving this as a side dish, the recipe below is two servings.

One medium potato
½ onion, sliced into rings
Olive oil
1 c finely shredded cabbage, in short shreds
1 T vegan butter
1/4 c. unsweetened soy milk. Did you see I said unsweetened? Not regular, original or vanilla.
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Bake potato at 425 for 40 minutes to one hour, until cooked through, soft, and skin starting to crisp. While it's baking, sauté the onion and olive oil in an oven-proof pan for seven to ten minutes until onion is cooked. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place pan in oven with potato. Caramelize for forty minutes, stirring every ten to fifteen minutes, until golden brown. After you put the onion in the oven, steam the cabbage for four minutes or until soft.

Remove everything from the oven, but leave it on. Cut the potato in half, being careful not to burn yourself, and scoop out the insides. Leave about a half an inch of potato intact to keep its structure. If it falls apart, don't worry. It will still taste delicious. Mix vegan butter and soy milk with potato and mash. Stir in cabbage and onions. Fill skins with mixture, and add salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes to heat and brown, and serve warm.

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Today's giveaway is brought to you buy the generous people at Turtle Island Foods! Four of you will win a coupon good for almost any Turtle Island product (not the pizza, sadly!). To enter, please leave a post below, telling me your about a Thanksgiving Tofurky, if you have had one, or tell me if you have ever seen a tortoise, or anything at all. This giveaway is open to anyone who can get Turtle Island Foods products. The coupons do not specify where they can be used, so enter if you can buy Turtle Island/Tofurky products where you live! If you're just meandering over here for the first time, I should tell you that these giveaways are happening every day of the month of Vegan MoFo, and each of them lasts only a day. Please note also that if you're not checking back to see if you have won and don't have a visible profile, I may have no way to contact you if you win!

The winner of yesterday's Tempt giveaways are the Kuntrageous Vegan (hemp milk coupon) and Bitt (ice cream coupon)! Congratulations! Please send your name and address to me at (<---make sure to click on the . . . link for the rest of the email address. This is a spam avoidance thing.)


  1. I have never had a tofurky before.

  2. What a fantastic idea for colcannon! I love it.

    I've never had a Tofurky. We used to have a family of snapping turtles that lives in our pool area, however... does that count? :)

  3. oooh, I love Turtle Island stuff. I especially love those Tofurkey sausages. Once, in Florida, we were there for the turtle egg-laying season. And every morning, at the beach, there would be fresh tracks of the mommy turtle going back into the ocean. Then the biologists come and check on the nest and count the eggs, and then carefully put everything back and rope it off so people won't damage it. They let me look in and see the turtle eggs. It was so neat.

    In other news, I have never had colcannon, but I have been wanting to try it! This is one of the more appealing colcannon pics I've seen, so I'm gonna bookmark this recipe. Thank you!!

  4. I've had Tofurky a few times before and I think it's delicious! Especially with the mushroom gravy.

  5. I love the turtles from Finding Nemo. So cute!

  6. We tried Tofurkey for the first time last year and loved it! I actually made it for a big group of non-vegans and they were impressed with the taste.

  7. When driving through Nebraska to Colorado a couple of years ago, I saw so many turtles along the way. I've made the trip many times, but was taking a slightly different route, and was amazed at this strange pocket of turtle habitat that I seemed to have entered!

  8. I love Turtle Island!

    I was once biking home from work in a fierce thunder and lightening storm - I was pedaling as fast as I could, when I saw a turtle in the path. So I maneuvered around him, but then got worried. So I hopped off the bike and ran back, picked him up, and escorted him safely off the path.

    Then I met a horse-back riding policeman. It was an exciting day.

  9. Just made a blog post about you celyn! Woohoo!

    Do you have a twitter account?


  10. I once watched a turtle lay her eggs on land for about an hour, cover them and them head back to the lake. It was pretty cool. She was suspicious of me but I kept my distance and she went about her business. That is my story.

  11. i've had a tofurky. maybe 10 years ago? it was really dry, and i hadn't had one since.

    but i do love the sausages/brats/kielbasa as well as the sandwich slices.

    maybe i'd be willing to try a tofurky again, but i've never wanted to since i've discovered bryanna's soy+seitan loaf. <3

  12. I love Thanksgiving Tofurky! This will be my 5th year that I will enjoy it for a Thanksgiving dinner.

  13. Roast Tofurky baked with Caramelized Onion and Cherry Relish FTW!:

  14. I've never had the infamous Tofurky Roast! Crazy! Turtles are cute.

  15. I have had Tofurky once before, and will be again this Thanksgiving. Have not decided on a recipe yet, the one I previously had was marinated in a mixture of OJ, soy sauce, and I am not sure what else, but it was tasty!