3 pounds potatoes, scrubbed
2 sticks butter
1 1/4 cups hot milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
1 (1-pound) of bacon cooked
4 scallions, finely chopped
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish


1. Steam the potatoes in their skins for 30 minutes. Peel them using a knife and fork. Chop with a knife before mashing. Mash thoroughly to remove all the lumps.
2. Add 1 stick of butter in pieces. Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time. Season with a few grinds of black pepper.
3. Boil the cabbage in unsalted water until it turns a darker color. Add 2 tablespoons butter to tenderize it. Cover with lid for 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly before returning it to the pan. Chop into small pieces.
4. Add cabbage, scallions, and bacon to mashed potatoes, stirring them in gently.

Serve in individual soup plates. Make an indentation on the top by swirling a wooden spoon. Put 1 tablespoon of butter into each indentation. Sprinkle with parsley.

Recipe courtesy of Amanda Brawley, 2011.

Potatoes and Cabbage have been sustenance foods in Ireland for ages. This classic Irish dish combines the mashed potatoes and cabbage.

Historically, dishes using cabbage and bacon were common fare in Irish homes as the ingredients were readily available (many families grew their own vegetables and reared their own pigs), nourishing and satisfying. There are many different variations on the theme of bacon and cabbage, but this is one that has become fairly common, especially in the U.S.

Colcannon (Irish: cál ceannann, meaning "white-headed cabbage") is a traditional Irish dish mainly consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. An old Irish Halloween tradition was to serve colcannon with prizes of small coins concealed in it, as the Irish and English do with Christmas pudding.

You can serve this old Irish favorite with the Guinness Irish Stew or with any other main course.  Mashed potatoes mixed with chopped cabbage, bits of cooked bacon and scallions.

Amanda also sells pre-mixed packages of her scones and Irish Soda Breads to allow everyone to experience Ireland firsthand one bite at a time.

This video was filmed in the Doyon's Kitchen & Appliance Showroom in Gloucester, MA.

Irish Colcannon Potatoes
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