Colcannon is an Irish dish that has been around for centuries! Colcannon is super easy and normally served for St. Patrick’s Day in the US!
Contrary to popular belief, in the United States, it was not normally served in the late winter, on St. Patrick’s Day!
What is Colcannon?
Colcannon is a simple side dish made with mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale and onion or leek.
Interestingly, it was considered a fortune-telling food! There was a trinket hidden in the casserole. The individual that got the trinket had their fortune told for the year. A coin meant they would come into money, a rag meant poverty and a stick meant that your spouse was likely to beat you!! (Good luck on that!) 😂
History of Colcannon
The first reference to Colcannon was in the mid 18th century in a diary from a Welsh traveler that had enjoyed the dish, while visiting Ireland! By this time, it seems, colcannon was a staple food in Ireland!
There is a debate on when the potato actually arrived on the shores of Ireland, but it is generally believed it was in the late 17th century. Once it got to Ireland, it was soon mixed with kale or cabbage, which would have been fresh from the garden in mid to late October. You guessed it. Colcannon was traditionally served on Halloween!
Can Colcannon be Frozen?
Simply, yes! This freezes well for several months in an air tight container. Reheat the colcannon in the microwave, in a double boiler on the stove, or make Colcannon cakes! They are simply delicious!
What to Serve with Colcannon
Colcannon can be served with just about any meat. The usual stars that this easy dish is served with are; bangers, or fresh sausage, corned beef, and mutton or lamb. It is also a great accompaniment to corned venison, beef, chicken or pork, as well!
Leftovers can also be used as a topping for shepherd’s pie, instead of the normal mashed potatoes! It will also bump up the vegetable in the dish!
How to Make Colcannon
- Peel potatoes. Barely cover with water. Cook until tender.
- Crisp up bacon.
- Slice cabbage.
- Drain potatoes, once tender.
- Air fried crispy bacon.
- Rice or mash potatoes.
- Saute’ cabbage and scallion in butter until soft.
- Mix cabbage, bacon and potatoes lightly with milk.
Serve. That is how simple it is to make this different side dish! Next time you are making plain old mashed potatoes, try this interesting side dish, instead!
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- 2 lbs potatoes
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 slices bacon
- 2 cups sliced cabbage
- 4 sliced green onion
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/2-3/4 cup Milk
- Peel potatoes. Barely cover with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and low boil, until tender.
- Crisp up 3 slices bacon.
- Slice about 1/4 of a small cabbage. About 2 cups.
- Drain potatoes, when soft.
- In same pan, add butter, cabbage and green onion. Saute until soft.
- Rice potatoes, or mash with potato masher, with milk.
- Once cabbage is soft, add that and bacon and milk to mashed potatoes. Mix lightly. Salt and pepper to taste.
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