Kohl Cannon or Colcannon

Recipe by SilentCricket

This recipe is courtesy of my Scottish roots. Kohl Cannon can be made in various ways, depending on whether you are Irish, German, or Scottish. No matter how it is made, the eating of Kohl Cannon was a common custom on Halloween. In it would be buried, well wrapped in waxed paper or foil for today's world, 4 favors. A penny (for wealth), a button (for poverty), a ring (for marriage, and a matchstick (for spinsterhood). Much excitement was aroused, especially among the young lassies who were hopeful that the Kohl Cannon would foretell their future happiness! This recipe is the Scot's Way!

Top Review by winkki

Very hearty and filling (although the house smelled like turnips and cabbage for two days, lol)...thanks for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook cabbage, turnip, onion, and carrot for about 45 minutes in enough water to cover well.
  2. Add peeled and sliced potatoes.
  3. Cook until potatoes are soft and tender.
  4. Drain and mash all together.
  5. Add butter, salt, and pepper.
  6. Heap into a warm bowl; bury your favors in the Kohl Cannon; make a small crater in center and add more melted butter.
  7. Serve Hot!

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