Mar 7, 2017

Colcannon | Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk. 


Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk.
This version of colcannon is loaded with organic kale, but still totally tastes like mashed potatoes. It's a great way to get a serving of leafy greens in your favorite comfort food.

This colcannon dish is really easy to make and incredibly flavorful. Even your favorite veggie hater will love it.... just get them to close their eyes if they have an aversion to green.

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk.

I've read that colcannon is traditionally served at Halloween in Ireland. A ring or a coin is hidden in the dish, and the recipient is supposed to be blessed with marriage or wealth in the following year.

In the U.S., we love our adopted and adapted Irish traditions, even if they are not celebrated across the pond. For example, St. Patrick's Day, which, until recently, was much more popular in the Irish diaspora than in Ireland. Just ask Mr. Kitchen, who is Irish born and raised.

That being said, this colcannon would be a wonderful dish to serve on St. Patrick's Day... or any day. It's loaded with greens, and not loaded with calories.... and Mr. (Irish) Kitchen approves.

While this recipe is fairly low fat, the traditional way to eat these potatoes is with a big pat of melted salted butter in the middle of the dish to dip each forkful of potatoes. I could get behind that.

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk.

If you have any leftovers, be sure to make colcannon potato pancakes. They are delicious!

Colcannon | Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale

Colcannon | Irish Mashed Potatoes with Kale

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, finely sliced
  • 1 bunch of organic kale, stalks removed, and roughly chopped
  • 4 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • salt

Instructions

  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return them to the pot.
  2. Simmer the onion slices in the milk until the onion is soft. Strain the onions from the milk, reserving the milk.
  3. In a four quart saucepan, bring one inch of salted water to a boil. Add the kale, cover, and let simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until the kale is tender but still bright green. Strain.
  4. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher with 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onions and kale, and mix with a spoon. Add the milk and mix until the mixture is creamy. Salt to taste. Dot the top of the potatoes with the rest of the butter, and serve.
Yield: 6 servings

Adapted from Community Table

Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish, typically made with kale, cabbage, leeks, or assorted chopped greens, along with butter and milk.

6 comments:

  1. What a yummy dish Karen! We only recently read about colcannon, since we don't have Irish people over here, and what you mentioned with the coin is the same thing we do on New Year's Eve with the vasilopita! :) It's amazing how some traditions transcend borders isn't it?:)
    We'd love to try your version, it really looks fantastic!
    Great work.
    xoxo

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    1. It is amazing. Holiday breads are a lot like that too. In New Orleans, for Mardi Gras, they bury a baby Jesus or a coin in King Cake, which is really a sweet yeasted bread.

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  2. After just eating a a plateful of pancakes, I still want to eat this! Yum! This reminds me of the colcannon soup I need to make again.

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    1. Thanks Cathy =) Colcannon soup sounds delicious! I bet it's really green but still has the flavor of potatoes.

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  3. This looks great Karen! My kids love potatoes and kale, so this is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit with them. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. That's wonderful that they love kale! This would definitely be a big hit with them!

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