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October 12, 2016

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish often served at Halloween. In some families, the cook will hide lucky charms or coins in the mixture–these are said to bring the recipients good luck or fortune. This version uses cabbage and scallions, but you can use kale and leaks instead if you prefer.


4 floury potatoes, such as russets or Yukon gold, cut into chunks

4 tablespoons lightly salted butter

2/3 cup light cream

1/2 small green or white cabbage

6 scallions, finely chopped

Salt and pepper


  1. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes. Drain well and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, add the butter and cream, and stir well. The mashed potato should be soft. Keep the potato warm while you cook the cabbage.
  2. Cut the cabbage into quarters, remove the tough core in the middle, and shred the leaves finely. Cook the cabbage in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 1-2 minutes, until soft. Drain thoroughly.
  3. Mix the potato and cabbage together and stir in the scallions. Season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve in individual warm bowls. Serves 4                                                                                        I hope you enjoy this recipe! God bless you. ❤
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