Thursday, March 14, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Vegan Colcannon Pizza with Bacon-Flavored Onions

In coming up with a good St. Patrick's Day recipe, I decided to go with some of the ingredients that I already had. This is a relatively simple recipe. I come mainly from Irish and Eastern European descent, so anything starchy with cabbage is comforting and delicious in my book. Not to mention the fact that the ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find.

I've already put up my recipe for Smashed Redskin Potato Pizza, but if you're looking for an Irish twist, go with this colcannon pizza. Serve with green beer or Guinness, and you're stomach will be nice and full to get you through St. Patrick's Day.

These "bacon-flavored" onions also turned out to be delicious. They have a bacon flavor, but I made them very quickly, so I wasn't aiming for perfection. Maybe next time. For whatever reason, I skimped on the onions when I made this, but don't worry, I added more in the recipe. Feel free to use less if you're not a big onion fan.


2 1/2 cups white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
2 1/2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 cup red onion, sliced
1/3 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
3 cloves garlic, cut in half
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. vegan buttery spread
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. liquid smoke
1/2 tsp. salt (or more to taste)
A few dashes of paprika
Dash of cayenne
Dash of garlic powder
1 can pizza dough


1. Preheat your oven to the temperature directed by your pizza dough instructions. In a large saucepan, bring the potatoes, garlic cloves, and salted  water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook for about 7 minutes. Stir in cabbage, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, precook the pizza dough for about  2/3 of the cooking time directed by your pizza dough package.

3. Also while the potatoes are cooking, in a small skillet, combine the onion, a dash of salt, a dash of cayenne, dash of paprika, and garlic powder. Turn the heat to medium-high, stir, and add the liquid smoke and 1/4 cup of water. Continue cooking for another 7 minutes, until the water and liquid smoke have reduced and formed a sauce.

4. Once the potatoes are ready, strain the potato/cabbage mixture, and return to pot. Stir in the almond milk, buttery spread, salt, and paprika. Mash with a potato masher.

5. When the pizza dough is ready, take it out of the oven, and brush it with olive oil. Spoon the potato mixture over the pizza dough and  spread it out evenly. Top it with the onions.

6. Bake the pizza in the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes. Once you take it out of the oven, top it with the remaining tablespoon of buttery spread. Let cool and serve.


  1. This is such an intriguing dish! It's not like anything I've seen before but it sounds great :)

    1. Thanks :)'s even better the next day after the garlic and cabbage flavors have soaked into the potatoes more.

  2. I'm supposed to be carb loading today so this is the perfect recipe for doing so! Love the potato on pizza action!


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