Mudcat Café message #3691113 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #156538   Message #3691113
Posted By: Thompson
03-Mar-15 - 07:30 AM
Thread Name: BS: Favourite Ethnic recipes
Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Ethnic recipes
Bacon and cabbage and spuds with the butter running off them: take a good piece of ham (bacon in Ireland doesn't mean those strips you fry or grill for breakfast - they're rashers here; bacon is a cheap cut of ham, but ham is regularly used in this dish in place of bacon)
Anyway. Take a good piece of ham, enough for however many you're cooking for, and boil it in sweet water with a bay leaf until the fat is falling away from the flesh. Then take it out, slather it in honey, stud the fat with cloves if you like them, and top with a few slices of pineapple, and stick it in the oven to roast for 30 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, put in your potatoes in the cooking water - washed but not peeled, a floury type of potato like Records or any of the breeds favoured in Ireland, which are sweet and delicious. Boil until they're almost done.
Now add a whole cabbage, chopped up, to the cooking water, bring the heat back up and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes, until sweet and definitely cooked, but still with a little bit of bite. The potatoes should now be cooked too.
Serve up the ham, surrounded with cabbage and potatoes, and with a good dish of butter to add to the potatoes as they're eaten.