Colcannon

Total Time:
2 hr
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
1 hr 45 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 1/4 cups hot milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
  • 1 (1-pound) piece ham or bacon, cooked the day before
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
Directions

Steam the potatoes in their skins for 30 minutes. Peel them using a knife and fork. Chop with a knife before mashing. Mash thoroughly to remove all the lumps. Add 1 stick of butter in pieces. Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time. Season with a few grinds of black pepper.

Boil the cabbage in unsalted water until it turns a darker color. Add 2 tablespoons butter to tenderize it. Cover with lid for 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly before returning it to the pan. Chop into small pieces.

Put the ham in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes until tender. Drain. Remove any fat and chop into small pieces.

Add cabbage, scallions, and ham to mashed potatoes, stirring them in gently.

Serve in individual soup plates. Make an indentation on the top by swirling a wooden spoon. Put 1 tablespoon of butter into each indentation. Sprinkle with parsley.


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I have made this exact recipe since seeing this years ago. It is a very long complicated process. I have decided from now on not to do the potatoes like this....too much hassle. Just going to peel potatoes and cut up like you do for boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes. Will just fix the mashed potatoes and then add in the ham, green onion and cooked cabbage. It is a very comforting recipe but it is kind of plain since there are no spices but I definitely fix this every year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You really need to saute the cabbage for quite a while to get it soft. This are delicious. I use all the butter and then some and the scallions and bacon. YUM!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this twice and it is so good! It's our new St. Patrick's Day meal. I only use about half the butter, and I've not put in the scallions (I forgot) - but it's so good without them that I won't change it now. Definitely a comfort food. A favorite in our house now! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasteless! What a waste of my time! I spent the better part of a day making this dish, and then I had to add all kinds of things including salt, pepper, stone-ground mustard, celery seeds, Worcestershire sauce, butter, cream; you name it, I tried it. This stuff was similar to wallpaper paste. I know the Brits have more taste buds than this! Jeez! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was yummy. Although peeling already cooked potatoes was a pain. Also the scallions were a bit overpowering. Next time I will use less and prolly sauté them with the ham bits. My good friend can't eat pork so I used turkey ham sautéed in a little bit of olive oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was amazing!! The only thing I found was that there was so much cabbage that I actually used part of it in the Colcannon and dished up the rest with some bacon as another side dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this dish was absolutely delicious. Served it as part of our St. Patrick's Day dinner. I made the recipe as written. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a really neat way to incorporate cabbage into our St Paddy's Day dinner. I searched a few other recipes which had kale in them so I added some to this. I also cut down the prep time by skipping making my own potatoes! I used two packages of Bob Evans refrigerated original mashed potatoes. I had potatoes for days! But this was really delicious. I also used thick cut bacon cut into small pieces and slow cooked in a saute pan rather than ham chunks. I like the idea of sauteing the cabbage in the bacon grease to add even more flavor. My family and our guests all enjoyed this a lot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mixed reviews in my house. Older generation loved, the younger not so much. The potatoes and cabbage were a bit of a hassle given the outcome. I think I'd tweek like the idea below to fry some bacon and sautee the cabage in the drippings. Overall good, havent tried the leftovers yet... item not reviewed by moderator and published
On St Patrick's Day i was looking for something to go with the corned beef besides the same old boiled potatoes and stumbled across this recipe. I steamed my potatoes using the whole 5# bag of yukon golds I had- fried some chopped bacon til crunchy, set the bacon aside and added the cabbage to bacon drippings with some chicken broth - cooked til the cabbage was soft- mashed the potatoes (skins on with lots of browned butter- drained and added the cabbage to the potatoes as well as, the bacon bits, salt and pepper to taste, and scallions. this will be my go to recipe- It was amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. If you followed his process it takes you way to long. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't find it long or complicated. What is the difference between this and "fixing mashed potatoes" and this, for crying out loud? This is an authentic Irish recipe and doesn't require spices. It is meant to bland and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
2 changes I didn't put in my original review: I just boil and mash the potatoes and I absolutely do not boil the ham - the saltiness of the ham adds so much flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
its a simple food from ireland, made with fresh home grown ingredients, its not ment to be fancy, it was a poor mans dish, and it doesnt take that long, if you cant wait 2 hrs for a home cooked meal then theres something seriously wrong !!!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
And yes it is a poor man's dish. Very often, potatoes were all they had to eat, meat being scarce and/or very expensive. And they are Irish, not Brits, big difference! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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