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.

Here we have potatoes, one of the staples of the Irish diet. And we're going to make a famous Irish dish, Irish colcannon. It's mainly used in holiday season, Saint Patrick's Day. The colcannon consists of mashed potatoes, steamed cabbage, bacon, scallions, hot milk, butter, all mashed up together into a delicious dish.

First thing we're going to do is steam the cabbage for two minutes in boiling hot water. The potatoes are already cooked. I'm going to put the top on that. Here, we have the potatoes already cooked.

And we're going to add the milk and the butter and mash them together. We're adding about 3/4 of cup of butter, probably 1/2 to 3/4 quarters a cup of milk. I'm going to mash them all together.

If you wish, you can heat the milk up. I don't do it. But it can be done.

I'm just making sure everything is mashed together smoothly. We can add a little bit of salt and pepper seasoning. Trying to get rid of all the lumps. And as you can see, the consistency is definitely getting smoothed out.

This is something that isn't eaten every day. It's definitely eaten at special occasions, especially around Saint Patrick's Day. Cabbage and potatoes are eaten separately quite often. But the colcannon dish isn't something that would be eaten every week by an Irish family. Next, we're going to add the cabbage already cooked, the scallions, and the chopped bacon.

Very easy dish to do. It's just a matter of cooking the potatoes and the cabbage separately and adding all the rest of the ingredients. And it gives you a nice colorful dish at the end of it.

In Ireland, a lot of times, the cabbage can be a lot greener. And that's usually what you would see in Irish restaurants is a lot dark green leafy cabbage. Now I'd like to taste it and make sure that it doesn't need any extra seasoning.

Perfect. And this would make a great meal with Guinness stew and Irish brown bread, a traditional Irish meal. Now when you're in the mood of making a great Irish meal, I hope you will add this to your recipes. [SPEAKING IRISH ]

Irish Colcannon Potatoes
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