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Traditional Irish Colcannon

What's the big idea?

Colcannon is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage, with spring onions, butter, salt and pepper. It can contain other ingredients such as milk, cream, leeks, onions and chives. It is often eaten with ham or bacon. At one time it was a cheap, year-round staple food, although nowadays it is usually eaten in autumn and winter, when kale comes into season.

An old Irish Halloween tradition was to serve colcannon with prizes of small coins or lucky charms hidden within it.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1lb 6oz potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4oz curly kale or spring cabbage, chopped
  • 4 spring onions
  • 4oz butter
  • Plenty of salt and pepper

What To Do

  • Cook the potatoes in lightly salted water until cooked
  • Blanch the kale in boiling water for one minute. Drain and set aside
  • Chop half of the spring onions roughly and the other half finely. Add the roughly chopped half to the drained kale and pulse in a blender for 10 seconds
  • Drain the potatoes and add the butter. When the butter has melted, mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Add the kale mixture and mix together
  • Finally, add the finely chopped spring onions and season to taste

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