Irish cuisine is known for its hearty and comforting dishes. One popular Irish recipe is Colcannon, a traditional dish made with mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale. Here’s a concise recipe for Colcannon:
- 1 kg potatoes (preferably floury varieties like Russet or Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into chunks
- 500 grams cabbage or kale, finely shredded
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: chopped scallions or chives for garnish
- Place the peeled and chopped potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, usually about 15-20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are boiling, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a separate pan over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and cook until it becomes soft and translucent.
- Add the shredded cabbage or kale to the pan with the onion. Cook until the cabbage or kale wilts and becomes tender. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash them with a potato masher until smooth and free of lumps.
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over low heat until the butter melts.
- Gradually pour the warm milk and butter mixture into the mashed potatoes, stirring continuously until the desired consistency is reached. Add more milk if needed.
- Stir in the cooked cabbage or kale and onion mixture into the mashed potatoes until well combined.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: Sprinkle chopped scallions or chives on top of the Colcannon for added flavor and garnish.
- Serve the Colcannon hot as a side dish, traditionally accompanied by boiled ham or corned beef.
Note: Colcannon can be customized by adding additional ingredients such as cooked bacon or grated cheese. Feel free to adjust the proportions of the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy the comforting and delicious flavors of Irish Colcannon!