"While colcannon seems to be associated with St. Patrick's Day, I love the combination of potatoes, cabbage, onion, and bacon all through the cooler months of fall and winter!
I attend an annual St. Paddy's Day party and this is the dish I'm always asked to bring...and I'm happy to say that the bowl comes home empty every time!"
Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish and there are as many colcannon recipes as there are cooks in Ireland. It a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and usually kale or cabbage. An while this is the perfect side dish for Ptrick's Day, it is delicious year round.
Method for Diane's Colcannon
- 1Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.
- 2Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, saute the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the pan helps the vegetables cook faster.
- 3Drain the cooked potatoes, mash with milk and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the bacon, cabbage, and onions, then transfer the mixture to a large serving bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the melted butter. Serve immediately.
- 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 slices bacon
- 1/2 small head cabbage, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup butter, melted