Haynestown Bacon and CabbageThis dish would have been traditionally served quite regularly in homes all over Ireland and especially on St. Patricks Day, as the ingredients are quite readily available.

Serves 4

900g of Shoulder of bacon

1/2 head of savoy cabbage, sliced finely

2 Carrots, chopped

1 onion sliced

2 tablespoons of butter

A good pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Creamy Leek and Parsley Sauce:

2 tablespoons of butter (a generous knob)

2 tablespoons of flour

2 large leeks, sliced finely

100-150ml bacon stock

1 teaspoon of English mustard

A good handful of parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon of fresh cream

Remove the bacon from any packaging and place in a pot of cold water over heat.  Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 40 minutes or until cooked.  Remove from the water, place on a plate and set aside.  Save the bacon stock.

To make the creamy leek and parsley sauce, melt the butter in a sauce pot and sweat the leeks until soft but not coloured.  Add the flour, mixing to combine, then add a little of the bacon stock stirring until the sauce thickens.  Judge the consistency of the sauce by eye, and you may want to use a little more or less to your taste. Season with a little sea salt and black pepper and stir through the English mustard.

Keep warm until you have the consistency you require and then stir through the chopped parsley and tablespoon of cream.

To make the cabbage, melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the onion and carrots, cooking until soft.  Add the cabbage to the pan and allow to wilt down slowly, turning every now and then until it has wilted down and become tender.

Serve the bacon in slices topped with the creamy leek and parsley sauce alongside the cabbage.  Enjoy!