St. Patrick’s Day of Course!

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Colcannon is an Irish dish that is rich in tradition and butter! Although this dish was traditionally made in Ireland on All Saints Day or Halloween, I am still going to recommend it for your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration -since it is green. This dish is made up of potatoes, cabbage, ham and lots of butter.

Traditionally, charms were put in the colcannon that symbolized different things. For example, a ring meant you would get married and a coin meant you would come into wealth. Gather the family together and make this simple, but fun recipe for dinner, and don’t forget your lucky charms!

Here is a recipe from the Food Network, courtesy of Christabel Rossiter.


  • 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)      piece ham or bacon, cooked the day before
  • 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. Add 1 stick of butter in pieces. Gradually add hot milk, stirring all the time. Season with a few grinds of black pepper.
  2. 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.
  3. Put the ham in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45 minutes until tender. Drain. Remove any fat and chop into small pieces.
  4. 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.

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