Colcannon is so much more than mere cabbage and potatoes. Still not convinced? Taste this version with kale and bacon and beer and get back to us.
Colcannon. It sounds pretty simple. Just potatoes and cabbage, yes? Not exactly. There are countless different ways to make this classic. We’re partial to this recipe, which gilds the classic potatoes and cabbage with kale and bacon and beer. We’re indebted to chef, cookbook author, and Appalachian food historian Ronni Lundy for sharing this moment of Irish-inspired, Southern-inflected magnificence with us. Originally published March 11, 2017.–Renee Schettler Rossi
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- 20 M
- 50 M
- Serves 6 to 8
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Recipe Testers Reviews
Colcannon. What a warm, comforting, filling dish, perfect for fall or winter. I've had colcannon served many ways over the years, but the versions I've tried have always been comprised of the veggies mashed into the potatoes. I rather like this version and my family enjoyed the flavors as well.
This was my first time cooking with mace and I loved the warmth and the flavor it lends to cabbage and kale. I cooked my bacon in the oven on a sheet pan lined with parchment which made for easy clean-up. My family suggested serving this dish with sausage, such as bratwurst, instead of bacon, which I thought was a great idea.
I would definitely make this again and next time I might even lighten up the mashed potatoes with half the butter and milk in place of half the cream. I'm thinking this would make an easy weeknight dinner, especially if there are leftover mashed potatoes on hand. All you would have to do is cook up the cabbage, kale and onions, add a protein, and you're done. I used a Decheutes Pale Ale.
The one thing I really wanted to change in this recipe was to saute the kale instead of blanch it. I lost a lot of the green and nutrients in the boiling liquid. When making this on my own I would skip the blanching step and just saute the kale with the cabbage and onion mixture.
I don't usually use kale when I make colcannon but I liked this recipe with it. It was delicious. I used a Shipyard Lager.