For those who don't know, Colcannon is a hearty and buttery combination of very coarse mashed potatoes, bacon, cabbage, and a few other things. It is traditional Irish fare, originally at Celtic Halloween (Samhain) but also around St. Patrick's Day, as well as just all through the chilly months of the year. It is truly "comfort food"
*2 lb. red potatoes chopped for boiling with SKINS ON
*6 slices bacon
*1 T. oil
*8 scallion greens chopped in 1/8-1/2" pieces
*1 onion chopped small
*2 tsp. minced garlic
*3-4 cups shredded cabbage
*2/3 c. butter
*1 c. hot milk
*salt and pepper
*1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
First boil your potatoes. Remember...SKINS ON...red potatoes have nutrients in the skins you really don't want to lose, plus this is a dish with TEXTURE :-)
Next fry up your bacon until very crispy. Blot between paper towels, then crumble (stubborn portions may have to be crumbled with your fingers)
After you've taken the bacon out of the pan/pot (I use a pot due to the larger capacity to hold when it comes to adding the cabbage) add the oil, and your chopped onion, scallion/green onion tops, and garlic.
Saute until getting soft and then add your cabbage as well, and continue to saute until cabbage is soft.
In the meantime, your potatoes are ready to be mashed. Mash them with the butter and hot milk.
When mashed add in your bacon as well as your cabbage mix, and some salt and pepper if desired.
Blend, with mixer.
Spread into a casserole dish and sprinkle with cheddar. Warm at 250 degrees until the rest of your meal is complete.
Enjoy Enjoy!!! Even better heated up as left-overs, smothered in butter!
(I never claimed to be health conscious when it comes to cooking...I believe you should enjoy eating...there are worse things in life that can and will kill you)
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