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Plantidote of the Day 2011-12-02

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red potatoes

Red potatoes

If you're not Irish, it's possible that you've never had Colcannon, which would be a shame. It's one of the best winter foods ever -- easy, filling and actually good for you! To make it, you'll need some potatoes, about 1 pound for four people, plus some cabbage. Here's how it goes together:

Colcannon with Red Potatoes


1 pound red potatoes, washed and cut in half
1-2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
6 cups cabbage, shredded
1 cup milk (whole or low-fat)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft. Put them in a bowl and cover to keep them warm.
Heat butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about two minutes, until the onion is soft and starting to turn translucent. Add cabbage to the onions and continue cooking. Stir occasionally for about five minutes.
Reduce heat to low. Stir in milk, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until the cabbage is tender, about eight minutes. Add the cabbage-onion mixture to the potatoes. Smash the potatoes with a fork or a potato masher until they are thoroughly mashed.

I like this version because you don't have to peel the potatoes. But there are lots of different recipes for Colcannon. Here's Martha Stewart's slightly more fancy version (don't laugh - we Pollacks know a few things about potatoes and cabbage) and here's one from the Food Network, with links to several others at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

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Submitted by caseyOR on

with my Irish family, but I like it with cabbage, too. This is peasant food, so just about any substitution works. Use what you have on hand. Onions or leeks. Cabbage or kale. It's all good.

Potatoes, however, are required.

You can adjust the ratio of green veg to spud. I tend to make mine with the green veg as the dominant ingredient, well, unless I don't. Sometimes the comfort of potatoes is more important than the healthiness of the kale.

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Submitted by twig on

I saw some versions with kale, but just haven't made it yet. It sounds pretty great.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

I prefer German potato salad. :)

Submitted by hipparchia on

two of my favorites. almost anything is improved with the addition of either ingredient.

i've never tried colcannon, but anything that even vaguely resembles green mashed potatoes has got to be good.