Spinach Colcannon & the Kerrygold Holiday Contest

Back when I worked at Trader Joe’s, I was introduced to Kerrygold Butter.  At first, I didn’t understand why or how one butter could be different from another… but then I tasted it.  Wow.  Kerrygold uses milk from grass-fed cows to produce extra creamy, sweet, and rich butter.  You can absolutely taste the difference.  One of my co-workers from Trader Joe’s, Will, is obsessed with Kerrygold.  When I started my blogger partnership with them, I immediately thought of my friend Will and his love for this special butter.

Will- this recipe is for you!

This version of mashed potatoes isn’t just your normal Thanksgiving style smashed Yukons with some milk and butter.  This recipe was inspired by the Kerrygold butter itself- it is my version of the classic Irish dish Colcannon.  Typically, Colcannon is a mashed potato dish made with cabbage and loads of butter.  In this recipe, I used crumbled bacon, scallions, and in place of cabbage I used tons of fresh baby spinach.

Spinach Colcannon made with Kerrygold Butter

Ingredients:

3lbs Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

8 Tablespoons Unsalted Kerrygold Butter, plus more for serving

3 slices Bacon, cooked and chopped or crumbled

1 6-oz bag of baby Spinach

3 Green Onions, chopped

1 cup Skim Milk

Sea Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder to taste

Directions:

1.  Put the chopped potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water.  Add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring to a boil.  Boil the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes or until they’re fork tender.  Drain.  Put the potatoes back in the pot.

2.  In a glass measuring cup, heat the milk in the microwave about 30 seconds at a time until warm.  Meanwhile, start to smash the hot potatoes with a fork or a potato masher.  Add the butter, a tablespoon or two at a time, mashing into the potatoes.  Now, pour about half of the milk into the potatoes and stir.  Add the chopped bacon, spinach, and green onions.  Stir.

3.  Add more milk if the potatoes are too thick.  It’s all about how you like them to taste!  Add sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder starting with 1/2 teaspoon of each.  Add a sprinkle more until you like the way it tastes.  Serve hot with a pat of butter on top.  Enjoy!

Click here to check out Kerrygold Butter and Cheeses!

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And for your holiday season enjoyment… check out this ah-may-zing song about… you guessed it!!  Colcannon!  Hilarious.

Hallmark’s Get Carded Challenge

Just in time for the holidays, I participated in a challenge sponsored by Hallmark.  I saw another blogger post about this challenge and really liked the idea of it.  I feel like there aren’t too many other little things in life that feel as good as getting unexpected snail mail.  This is why I loved this challenge!  Another thing?  I get to give a package of TEN cards to one of my lucky readers!!

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The Challenge:  Send 7 cards in 7 days to 7 special people.

I was so excited to send my cards out and make my 7 friends feel special 🙂

I didn’t take pictures of all of them, but I wanted to show you a few… they were all so different and pretty.

My 7 Cards were sent out to 7 VERY special people…

Kat:  My SOULMATE 🙂  Katerina is one of my best friends and an absolute doll.  Kat lives in Dallas so sending her some surprise snail mail was really fun! Kat is my girlfriend who just got married and I just wanted to take a second to tell her how excited I am for her and her husband to start their new life together.

The “B” Family:  The Thanksgiving card was sent out to Dave’s Aunt and Uncle who live close to us at home.  They missed our amazing Thanksgiving this year to go on vacation in sunny Florida, so I wanted to send them a little love.  Also Dave’s Aunt Naomi just broke her ankle so she could use a little extra love!

Cynthia and Jared:  My dear friends who I never get to see because they live in a pretty house down in VIRGINIA!  Cynthia and Jared came to visit Dave and I during Thanksgiving “break” and we had such a great time catching up, eating delicious food (of course), and drinking wine and good beer.  I sent the two of them a cute card to thank them for the visit… we had such a great time!

Stacy:  I actually mailed Stacy’s card right in front of her 🙂  Stacy is my supervisor at my new job and has been a complete lifesaver to me for the past six months!  I look up to her for absolutely everything, not just at work.  We keep each other company on long drives between appointments and pretty much throughout the entire day, every day.  We both have had a TOUGH and very busy month at work, so my card to Stacy was to brighten up her day!

Mom:  Had a very pretty card with a very sweet message that I had to send to my Mom.  We pretty much talk all day/everyday, but she surely wasn’t expecting a card in the mail!  My Mom is my best friend- she’s just the best… and everyone that knows her feels the same.

Dave:  There was a cute card in my pack that sang a country song but the message on the front was just too darn cute to not send to my FIANCE!  (We still don’t say that outloud… just too weird!)

Allie:  My food blogging friend Allie needed some cheering up.  I wanted her to know that I was thinking about her and maker her smile… sometimes we all could use that, right?  Allie has been super stressed with trying to plan her own wedding- that’s something I can absolutely relate to these days!

I have three more cards left and will be sending them in the next few days as a bonus!

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If you’re a blogger and are interested in signing up for the Get Carded Challenge… click here!

ALSO- we all get to use a 30% off coupon at Hallmark.com for the rest of the year!  Just use this coupon code at checkout: BLOG30

Now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for…  Here’s how to win your own pack of TEN Hallmark Cards!!!!!  Enter as many times as you want between today and December 22nd.  Good luck!

CLICK HERE to enter!  WIN 10 Hallmark Cards

Vote, Vote, Vote!

Hi friends!

Please take one minute out of your day to “like” and “repin” my Smoked Salmon Hash dish on Pinterest so I have a chance of winning Fabio’s Kitchen Academy Challenge from November!

I cooked my little butt off last week to whip up a delicious and creative way to use Basil, Potatoes, Olive Oil, Parmesan, and Eggs in one dish.  If you missed the post, please check it out (if anything for the amazing pics)… it’s one recipe you won’t want to miss!

Here’s how to help me out:

1.  Click here.

2.  My entry is the THIRD one on the top (you’ll see the beautiful fried basil!)

3.  Place your mouse over the picture and Press “Like” when it appears at the top.

4.  Now, press “Re-Pin”.

 

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!  I was a late entry into the contest so my post has been up for a week or two less than the others… I need all the help I can get!

❤ Beth

Smoked Salmon Hash

 

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ a Baked Egg and Fried Basil

Please excuse the interruption of this month’s Low-Carb menu, and allow me to introduce today’s post… Smoked Salmon Hash w/ a Baked Egg and Fried Basil.  What a mouthful!

One It’s Good to be the Cook’s awesome twitter followers @StephanieMcSher recommended I try to enter Fabio’s Kitchen Academy Challenge.  Wait a second Stephanie… Fabio?  As in Fabio, my all-time FAVORITE Top Chef contestant?!  AHHH!  I had to check this out.

The Contest-  Create a dish using (not exclusively) the following five ingredients:

Eggs

Olive Oil

Potatoes

Parmesan Cheese

Basil

Oh, there’s one small tiny little factor… the challenge for November ends in ONE DAY!  I put my thinking cap on and started brainstorming.  After tearing up Trader Joe’s like the Tasmanian Devil in a Looney Tunes Short, I bought what I needed and headed home to get cookin’.

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ a Baked Egg and Fried Basil

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook

Serves:  4

What you’ll need:

3 Russet Potatoes, peeled

1 Sweet Onion

Olive Oil (you’ll need enough to cover the bottom of a large pan + a little bit more for drizzling)

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1 Package Smoked Salmon, maybe 8oz (I used Trader Joe’s Smoked Salmon Pieces since it was going to be cut up anyway!)

Fresh Basil (1/2 cup Chopped plus 8 leaves)

1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated (1/2 Cup or less)

Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and Smoked Paprika

4 Eggs

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 450.  Cut the Potatoes into small cubes, as evenly as possible.  Throw them into a big bowl with a few shakes of salt and cold water.  Soak for at least 10 minutes to remove some of the starch.  Drain and place on a few papertowels to pat off as much water as possible.  Meanwhile, chop the onion and chop the smoked salmon.  

2.  Meanwhile, heat enough Olive Oil to coat the bottom of a large non-stick skillet (with high sides if possible).  Once the oil is hot enough (test with a drop of water), place the Fresh Basil Leaves in the oil.  Let frizzle in the oil for 30 seconds, then using tongs, flip the basil over and cook for another 30 seconds on that side.  Remove to a paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt.  

3.  Using the basil oil, dump the soaked then drained and dried potato chunks into the oil (carefully!).  Add a sprinkle of Sea Salt, a few grinds of Black Pepper, and a few shakes of Smoked Paprika (will give it GREAT flavor and color!).  Leave the potatoes alone frying in the oil for about 5 minutes, then flip/stir and add the onion right ontop.  Cook for another 5 minutes.  Flip/stir.  Add garlic , flip/stir again.  

4.  Test a chunk of potato with a fork.  It should go in very easily, but taste it to make sure it’s cooked and also for seasoning, you probably need to add a bit more salt (be careful, you’re going to add salty smoked salmon so don’t oversalt).  

5.  Once the potatoes are cooked but not browning, add a handful of chopped basil (between 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup, reserving some for garnish) and your chopped Smoked Salmon.  Flip and stir.  Now you’re going to want to leave it be for 5 minutes to let the cooked potato mixture brown and get a little crispy.  Flip/Stir and wait again for 5 minutes for the next side to brown up.  Once it’s reached your desired crispiness, take the entire mixture and drain in a colander to remove extra grease.

6.  Prepare individual ramekins, crocks or a baking dish* with non-stick spray.  Spoon the drained salmon/potato mixture into the dishes.  Sprinkle a small coating of Panko Bread Crumbs onto the top (don’t overdo it!).  Next, grate some fresh Parmesan Cheese ontop to fully coat the top of the surface.  Season with Sea Salt, Black Pepper, a sprinkle of Fresh Basil, and a pinch of Smoked Paprika.  

7.  Using a spoon, make a small indentation or divot into the center of the surface.  Crack an Egg into a separate dish, then pour onto the top into the divot.  This will keep the egg in place.  Spray with a touch of Olive Oil.  Place in the oven for about 10 minutes, checking after 5.  Keep in the oven until the whites are fully cooked (they will appear WHITE instead of clear).  

8.  Carefully remove the ramekins or baking dish once the egg whites are cooked (leave in longer if you don’t want a runny yolk).  Top with 2 of the reserved Fried Basil Leaves and serve hot!

 

WHEW!!!!!!!!!!  I know it’s a LOT of steps, but it really is easy and sooooo worth it.  This recipe passed not only the Boyfriend Dave test, but the Mom and Sister test too.  The flavors of this dish are so warm with the smoky Paprika and Salmon.  I also loved how the potatoes were nice and soft against the crispy Panko/Parmesan topping and the crunchy Fried Basil.  YUM!

So, there you have it- my very first entry into TC Fan Favorite Fabio’s Kitchen Academy Challenge!  Now it’s up to you to help me win when the recipes are posted on Fabio’s Pinterest.  Stay tuned for info on how to help me win!!!

Could he get more adorable?

Could he get more adorable?

Check out Fabio’s Kitchen Academy Challenge Here!

Now, time for some serious food porn… MMMMMMMMM!

The 5 Ingredients for the Challenge:  Potatoes, Parmesan, Basil, Olive Oil, and Eggs.  MMM

The 5 Ingredients for the Challenge: Potatoes, Parmesan, Basil, Olive Oil, and Eggs. MMM

Sizzlin' Basil

Sizzlin’ Basil

Set aside your fried basil for later... okay maybe snitch one... and make a few extra while you're at it. :)

Set aside your fried basil for later… okay maybe snitch one… and make a few extra while you’re at it. 🙂

This is the size I got my potatoes down to, thanks to my brand new knife :)  What a lifesaver!

This is the size I got my potatoes down to, thanks to my brand new knife 🙂 What a lifesaver!

Here we are with the fried potatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and smoked salmon.  Right now I'm letting it sit to get a little crispy and browned.

Here we are with the fried potatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and smoked salmon. Right now I’m letting it sit to get a little crispy and browned.

This picture is of the SS Hash in my individual baking dish topped with the Panko and Parm.

This picture is of the SS Hash in my individual baking dish topped with the Panko and Parm.

I also made a batch of the hash without the egg to be split into 3 for my family.  For this version, I fried up eggs on the stove and topped each individual serving.

I also made a batch of the hash without the egg to be split into 3 for my family. For this version, I fried up eggs on the stove and topped each individual serving.

The beautiful finished product.  Wow.

The beautiful finished product. Wow.

Close Up!

Close Up!

Seriously... nom nom nom

Seriously… nom nom nom

 

I LOVE me some runny yolk.  On anything... seriously.  Wow.

I LOVE me some runny yolk. On anything… seriously. Wow.

Smoked Salmon Hash