Colcannon (Mashed Potatoes And Cabbage)

There are any number of versions for this “Irish” potato dish. Here’s my take, I hope you like it. My Mom was a great one for add-ins to mashed potatoes. She liked to use veggies like carrots and turnips but I don’t think she thought of using cabbage, even though she liked cabbage.  She had another trick too; she used tinned milk and her mashed were so good!  To serve in the Irish way, make a well in the potatoes and add a dollop of butter!  I’ve shown the Colcannon with my “Irish” Lamb Chops (link below).

Makes 2 – 4 Servings

1 ¼ lbs. russet potatoes or Yukon golds (which we prefer in our house)
3 cups cabbage, thinly sliced (regular or savoy)
½ cup milk, scalded
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
3-4 Tbsp. finely chopped green onions
2-3 Tbsp. finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks and place them in a pot adding enough water to come  1/3 of the way up. Add ½ tsp. salt; cover and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium low and cook for 15 – 20 minutes until tender.

While the potatoes are cooking, set a steamer over boiling water; add the cabbage and steam for approximately 5 minutes, or until tender.  (Alternatively, you can place the cabbage in a glass dish; add 2  Tbsp. water; cover and microwave in 1 minute increments until tender). Drain the potatoes in a colander, return to the pot; mash well; stir in 1/3 cup of the milk, butter, cabbage, salt & pepper, adding more milk if required.

 Helpful link to “Irish” Lamb Chops. and to Microwave Scalded Milk.

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