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Traditional Irish Colcannon

Traditional Irish Colcannon

The Irish have been thriving on this classic combination of potatoes and cabbage for hundreds of years. Filled with abundant vitamin and mineral nutrition, and possessing a creamy satisfying richness of flavor, colcannon is a tribute to the Irish gift for making the simplest foods into something special.


1 pound small red potatoes, scrubbed well and cut in half
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup thinly-sliced onion
1/2 head cabbage, tough outer leaves removed, thinly sliced (should make about 6 cups)
1 cup milk
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

1. Steam potatoes over boiling water in a steamer basket until tender, about 15 minutes. Place in a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

2. In a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add onion, cooking about 2 minutes, until it is translucent. Add cabbage and continue cooking about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until cabbage is beginning to brown.

3. Reduce heat to low and add milk, salt, and pepper, stirring to combine. Cover skillet and cook about 8 minutes, until cabbage is tender.

4. Add cabbage mixture to the potatoes in the bowl and mash with a potato masher.

Serves 4.

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8:01PM PST on Mar 3, 2010

Looks delicious!

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