Colcannon. (Col-cannon) Come again? Well, once you’ve tasted this incredible dish, you won’t forget the name. I promise. The Irish know how to prepare their spuds!
So…….been browsing through some “distinctive” Irish dishes to prepare myself for this upcoming beautiful holiday in a few days. Aaahh……no worries. Make no mistake!! There will be Irish stew at our house. It’s the hands down favorite Irish dish around here, but…….I have been curious. Been doing a little research and trying out some other traditional dishes. Let me tell ya, this side dish is unbelievably tasty and I will have it on our farm table often. I LOVE IT! And it was a hit with Mr. Farmer, as well.
The word colcannon is from the Gaelic term “cal ceannann” which means white-headed cabbage. It is also believed to be a derivative of the old Irish “cainnenin” translated as garlic, onion, or leek. In Ireland, colcannon is served as a special treat with ham or Irish bacon.
This Iowan served up the wonderful specialty dish with grilled salmon. I have to say it was a delightful meal. Some Irish call it “colcannon mash.”
While the “spuds” are boiling, there is a little sauteing to do.
This recipe called for hand mashing, so that’s just what I did. Then I folded in the saute’d cabbage and onions into the spuds.
Best “mashed potatoes” I’ve had in a long time! Hope you give this dish a try.
- 4-6 potatoes, peeled and quartered.
- ⅛ to ¼ C milk (to mash potatoes)
- 4-6 chopped green onions (or leeks)
- 1 small package of shredded cabbage or ½ head green cabbage, shredded
- 4 T butter, divided
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ t dill weed (optional)
- As the potatoes are comfortably boiling in a sauce pan (for about 15-20 min), melt 2 T butter into a skillet. Add onions and saute' for 5 minutes. Add cabbage to the onions and cook, browning veggies just a bit, to bring out the flavor.
- Drain water off the potatoes when they are done and hand mash or whip with electric mixer. Fold into the potatoes the cabbage/onion mixture and serve immediately.
- Garnish with 2 T butter and dill weed.
If you want to feel 100% Irish, this dish is a must for St. Patrick’s Day. And….while you’re at it, remember St. Patrick truly was a saint who loved Jesus very much and wanted all of Ireland to know about his Lord and Savior and receive Him into their lives, too (John 1:12). Read more about him here! I love celebrating “holy-days.”