Monday, March 15, 2010

Colcannon - Irish Mashed Potatoes

Colcannon is a fabulous Irish way of making mashed potatoes. Colcannon are mashed potatoes that contain cabbage and potatoes. Both potatoes and cabbage are vegetables that are in many different cultures. Potatoes and cabbage are vegetables that can be stored for a long time, so unlike some dishes colcannon can be prepared any time of the year.

There is an old Irish tune about colcannon. So you can sing this along while you prepare colcannon.
Did you ever eat colcannon

When 'twas made with yellow cream

And the kale and praties blended

Like the picture in a dream?

Did you ever take a forkful

And dip it in the lake

Of heather-flavored butter

That your mother used to make?

Oh, you did, yes you did!

So did he and so did I,

And the more I think about it

Sure, the more I want to cry.

God be with the happy times

When trouble we had not,

And our mothers made Colcannon

In the little three-legged pot.


Potatoes and cabbage taste so good together, why wouldn't you want to try making colcannon at home? Here is a great recipe for Colcannon. You can think of Colcannon like they are Irish Mashed Potatoes.