|Roasted rutabaga/turnip/swede (where are you from, anyway?) and caramelized leeks...|
The Irish aren't exactly known for their vegetarian fare (oh, wait, there's always potatoes!). That is not fair. In my house we love anything cabbage (browned in butter may just be my favorite, oh, I also like them stuffed, but I digress). With a Scotsman for a husband you can believe me when I say we eat a lot of potatoes. There are tons of recipes out there for colcannon, corned beef, Guinness floats and other tasty Irish treats. But what to cook when you are invited to a vegetarian St. Patrick's Day celebration and dessert, cabbage, boxty and barley are already taken?
I googled “vegetarian Irish food” and my results ranged from stir fry to, well, stir fry. One very lovely friend offered to let me make the leeks she had offered (jumped on that!) and the lovely hostess (with an Irish husband) wondered why nobody was bringing baked beans (a dish served on nearly every plate!). I opted for caramelized leeks and roasted rutabaga with a side of house made baked beans. My baked beans odyssey is too involved to post along with the rutabaga and leek recipe (I’m sure this is why nobody else had volunteered to make it) so look for a separate post on that topic tomorrow (in time for the big fest)…
|It is really important to soak leeks in a LOT of water to allow|
dirt and grit to fall to the bottom.
|Rutabaga, it's not just for breakfast anymore...|