From the archives. The weather is cooling off a bit for most of us, and this is the perfect side to warm things up with
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish usually served on Halloween. The name is derived from the Gaelic “cal ceann fhionn”, which translates to “White Headed Cabbage”, but it is made with green cabbage or kale. I’ve made colcannon before, but that version was taken directly from Monica Sheridan’s “My Irish Cook Book” (now available in updated form as The Art of Irish Cooking) and was as close to the traditional Irish version Ms. Sheridan described as was possible for me to produce.
I’m calling this an Americanized version for several reasons. First, I used both butter and olive oil in preparation, not just the milk and butter called for in traditional recipes. Secondly, in a traditional Colcannon the cabbage or kale is boiled. The kale in this recipe never saw liquid, it was sauteed in butter, olive oil and garlic, which is the third change from the traditional. I’ve not yet seen a colcannon recipe that calls for garlic.
Regardless of the differences from the original, I think that this dish turned out marvelously. It may not actually be Colcannon in the traditional sense, but it was good, satisfying and well worth the minimal amount of effort it took to produce. It actually sparked the idea for an entirely different version, but that’s for another post…
If you haven’t already, give Colcannon a try. I think you’ll love it even if you aren’t part Irish.
Colcannon - An Americanized Version
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g
What I would have done Differently had I thought of it at the time:
Oh, I have ideas! Not that this was anything but wonderful. I ate an entire batch on my own. (The kids couldn’t get past the “green stuff”… More for Dad!) But they have nothing to do with the sheer perfection that evena mediocre batch of colcannon is… I’ll shush now and move on.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Traditional Irish Colcannon
- Karina’s kicked-up Colcannon, from Karina’s Kitchen
- Colcannon Puffs, from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
What do kids know? This looks delicious!
I’m entirely Irish and I reckon I would love this version!
I tested this recipe early this morning and I am in love! Now I am making another larger batch for a family gathering later today. Thank you for such a wonderful dish.
Sounds great how you saute the kale in butter. olive oil and garlic. I bet the flavor goes through the potatoes well. I love this dish it is so easy and flavorful and a great dish to make extra for leftovers.