Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins
Courtesy of Tyler Florence "Tyler's Ultimate". He traveled to Ireland to get this one and it is YUMMY!
- 3 lbs potatoes, scrubbed
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1⁄4 cups hot milk
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 head cabbage, cored and finely shredded
- 1 lb ham or 1 lb bacon, cooked the day before
- 4 scallions, finely chopped
- chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
- 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.
- Add 1 stick of butter in pieces.
- Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time.
- Season with a few grinds of black pepper.
- 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.
- Put the ham in a large saucepan and cover with water.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes until tender.
- Remove any fat and chop into small pieces.
- Add cabbage, scallions, and ham 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.
I made this recipe with one change: after cooking 1 package of bacon, I fried the shredded cabbage in the bacon drippings. Then I crumbled the bacon and added them to the mashers and cabbage. This was my contribution to a St Patty's Day potluck and people were scraping the bowl for more. They ate more of the colcannon than even the corned beef! Excellent recipe, thank you!
It was so darn good! I made it for St. Patty celebration for my workplace. I made it last night and then refrigerated it. Brought it into work today and put it in a crock pot on low. Stirred every so often and it was perfect temperature for lunch. Everyone loved it. My boss asked for the recipe. I tipped him off about Recipezaar. I will make this again and again before next St. Patty!
I have fixed and eaten this several times. It is great. And I have shared this recipe with my brother and several friends, they all tried it and loved it.