My dad’s side of the family is very Irish (my mom’s side is Italian!). Since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I should do something to acknowledge my heritage!
So I’m showing you guys how to make colcannon! It’s a traditional Irish dish, made up mostly of potatoes and cabbage (or kale). There are regional variations to this recipe (you can use ham instead of bacon, sometimes leeks are use, etc.), so in the video I show the way that I learned how to make it.
It’s a very filling, satisfying meal. You want to eat something like this before you go for a long bike ride or a hike!
The website I mention at the end of the video is WhiskeyTangoGlobetrot.com! It’s the website of my buddy Spencer Spellman, who is a travel writer. He wrote about a delicious St. Patrick’s Day cocktail that’s like an Irish Mint Julep. Yum! Head over to his site to check it out. (Also, colcannon is one of his favorite dishes from his trip to Ireland! Just sayin’!) Here’s the direct link to that: http://whiskeytangoglobetrot.com/ireland-food-and-drinks-for-st-patricks-day/
Here’s what you’ll need to make colcannon:
About 6 or 7 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
One head of green cabbage (I like savoy cabbage), chopped; you could use kale here instead
1 cup of milk
A bunch of chopped scallion
Fresh parsley, chopped (to taste); this will garnish
Butter, melted (to taste); this will garnish
Bacon, cooked–nice and crispy!; this will be garnish; you could use ham here instead, and some people mix it right in instead of using it as a garnish
Egg (fried in the bacon fat!); to top the dish
Boil the chopped cabbage, then let simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain that into another pot to reserve the cooking liquid. Use that liquid to boil the potatoes. Then bring it to a simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon (making sure to reserve the fat to fry the egg!)
Mix the milk and scallions in a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts boiling, remove it from the heat.
Drain the potatoes and then mash them! Add the milk and scallion mixture and beat until well blended.
Mix in the cabbage and salt and pepper.
Fry an egg in the bacon fat.
Put the potato and cabbage mixture in a bowl and drizzle on some melted butter. Add the egg, bacon, and parsley.
If you like spicy things, I highly recommend adding a bit of hot sauce, too
ENJOY!!!! Happy St. Patty’s Day!