Colcannon Potatoes, Irish Comfort

Colcannon Potatoes, Irish Comfort

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon potatoes are a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale, milk or cream, and often flavored with green onions or leeks. The name “colcannon” comes from the Gaelic term “cal ceannann,” which means “white-headed cabbage.”

To prepare colcannon potatoes, you typically start by boiling peeled and cubed potatoes until they are tender. In a separate pot, you cook finely chopped cabbage or kale in butter or oil until it becomes soft and slightly caramelized. The cabbage or kale is then combined with the mashed potatoes, along with heated milk or cream. Some recipes also include sautéed green onions or leeks for added flavor.

The mixture is thoroughly blended until the ingredients are well combined and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. Colcannon potatoes are usually served hot as a side dish, often alongside meats like corned beef or ham. It is a comforting and hearty dish, enjoyed especially during festive occasions like St. Patrick’s Day.

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