Colcannon for Saint Patrick’s Day

 

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may god hold you in the palm of His hand.

~traditional gaelic blessing

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

We had such a fun trip to Ireland last year and tried several Irish specialties on our travels.  For breakfast we tried ‘The Full Irish’ also known as a fried breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, baked beans, grilled tomato, potatoes, black and white puddings (a kind of sausage).  This breakfast is very good but also known as “heart attack on a platter”, we had to try it all the same.  In Killarney we tried Irish Stew made with lamb served with Boxty (potato pancake) for dinner, yummy.  I personally had to taste test every scone, cake, cookie or bread that crossed my path.  Of course I slathered Kerrygold butter on soda bread every morning before starting my day.  I never missed a ‘tea time’ and became so wired with Irish caffeine that I couldn’t sleep at night.  But, until this week I had never tried the Irish potato dish, colcannon.

Big mistake.  My husband and I tucked into these bowls of colcannon and scarcely a word was heard, from the two of us anyway.  Yes, colcannon is now on the Saint Paddy’s Day menu.

Colcannon for Saint Paddy’s Day

Yield: 4-6

Adapted from The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 Russet potatoes ( about 2 lbs)
  • 8 tablespoons butter, plus more for serving
  • 3 cups assorted chopped greens (kale, chard, spinach, parsley, sorrel, mustard greens)
  • 1 & 1/4 cups milk
  • 3-4 scallions, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes in half, place in a heavy pot and add water halfway up the sides of potatoes.
  2. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
  3. Remove the lid and carefully drain out several cups of water, then return to the stove on low heat, steam the potatoes in the remaining simmering water for about 30 minutes until tender when pierced with a small knife.
  4. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside.
  5. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over a medium heat, add the assorted chopped greens and cook for about 5 minutes, until wilted.
  6. Add the milk, scallions and 2 more tablespoons of the butter to the wilted greens, bring to a simmer, cooking the greens in the milk mixture for a minute, remove from the heat and set aside.
  7. Remove the potatoes and slide the peels off- place potatoes back in their pot.
  8. Add the greens/milk mixture to the potatoes and mash until smooth.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve in bowls with butter on top.
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  1. Go green! This looks terrific, St. Patty! :)

  2. Patty, I’m seriously tempted to make this right now, with a nice Guinness alongside! It looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Happy St. Patty’s day! By the way, is Padraig, Patrick? I work with a doctor named Padraig Darby and he has this amazing accent that makes it hard for me to say no to him!!!! He was the one who told me about Colcannon. Super yummy! And that dollop of butter on top…It gets a nod from me! Please send some my way, please! LOL! There should be a pot of colcannon at the end of each rainbow :) Hehehe!

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever tried colcannon, also despite having visited Ireland. We did eat a lot of potatoes, but never colcannon! I’m happy you finally gave it a try. I’ll do the same. :) They look great!

  5. I hate that I tend to forget about Colcannon until March rolls around. It’s so delicious and your version looks wonderful!

  6. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you Patty!! Your memories of Ireland are very similar to mine. However, I could not eat the Irish Breakfast…I couldn’t do blood pudding! My husband loved those great big breakfasts though!
    The breads and scones were amazing, and I too slathered mine with plenty of butter.
    I posted a soda bread yesterday with the same Irish prayer…one of my favorites!

  7. This looks fabulous. Love your photos. This reminds me of the colcannon soup I posted a couple of years ago; I’ll have to revisit it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

  8. Your colcannon looks like a bowl of comfort! :)

  9. Despite my Irish heritage and the fact that I love to travel, I’ve never been to Ireland. I hope to make it there someday! In the meantime, this recipe looks like a great way to transport oneself there without leaving the kitchen.

  10. Patty this potato dish looks so yummy. I need to try these out soon, thanks for sharing. Made me lol when you said you were wired on Irish caffine :) xoxox

  11. Potato and kale…..a delicious and healthy combination, Patty.

  12. Wow that looks wonderful. What a great way to eat potatoes any day of the year.

  13. Ireland is on my list of places to see. You’d think with it being a short plane ride away we would have made it there already. Your colcannon look so so good! Thanks for sharing Patty. (P.S. great duo-tone in your first photo)

  14. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! (A day late!) This looks delicious. A more sophisticated mashed potato. Thank you so much for sharing, Patty. I hope you have a blessed week full of good food, good friends, and much laughter.

  15. You’ve made me miss Ireland. I looked forward to buttered brown bread and Irish tea each morning. Like you, I think tea was served every couple of hours. Our friends certainly never sat at the table without a fresh pot to pour for everyone. I haven’t tried colcannon but your recipe makes me think I’ve missed out, too. :)

    Hope you had a wonderful St. Patty’s Day. :)

  16. Happy belated St. Paddy’s Day, Pattie! :D This dish is completely new to me, but it sounds Wonderful!!

  17. Hope you had a wonderful St Patricks Day, Patty. The colcannon looks delish!

  18. Hope you had a great St. Patty’s Day! I have never had or made this, yet I went to Ireland years ago. How did I miss it? It looks lovely and tasty!!!!

  19. I love Colcannon! I think the Irish have the best ways of making mashed potatoes :)

  20. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I’m dreaming of visiting Ireland one day. I’ve never had colcannon before. It looks luscious and really good, Patty!

  21. This looks so very good! I have never had this before and I have some kale and swiss chard that I need to use and I was planning on buying russet potatoes anyway for the potato loaves for TwD…I am going to make this. We enjoy potatoes so much and I am always looking for new ways to cook them.

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