This St. Patrick’s day I decided to try something new by going old-school. Some believe Colcannon has been around since the 1700s. Like many Irish dishes, Colcannon starts with boiled and mashed potatoes. However, these potatoes are mixed with sautéed leek, cabbage and bacon. In the old days, Colcannon was served as a special treat. On holidays, adults would even hide rings or thimbles in the dish as an incentive for kids to eat it. You won’t find any trinkets in my recipe but I think you’ll be surprised how a recipe of such simple ingredients can have such big flavor! So celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day using your Farmer Owned ingredients to make something traditional, simple and delicious!
3 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 small green cabbage, about 4 cups shredded
3 tablespoons of butter
1 medium leek, thinly sliced
4 strips of bacon, roughly chopped
1 cup of whole milk
salt and pepper to taste
While the potatoes are cooking, place 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast-iron or oven safe sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and then add the chopped bacon. Cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until the bacon begins to brown but is not yet crisp, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the shredded cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 10 to 15 minutes until the cabbage is wilted, the leek is soft and the bacon is cooked. Turn the heat off and set the mixture aside.
Preheat the broiler.