Irish Colcannon with Kale

Irish Colcannon with Kale is a traditional Irish dish that combines creamy mashed potatoes with kale (or cabbage), creating a comforting and flavorful side dish. It’s often served as part of a St. Patrick’s Day meal or any time you want to taste Irish cuisine. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled for garnish
  • Optional: Green onions or chives, chopped for garnish

Instructions

Cook the Potatoes:
1
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
2
Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add 1/2 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter. Mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Prepare the Kale:
1
In a large skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
2
Add the chopped kale to the skillet. If needed, add a splash of water or the remaining 1/2 cup milk to help the kale cook down. Cook until the kale is tender and the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Combine:
1
Mix the cooked kale mixture into the mashed potatoes until well combined. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more milk until you reach your desired consistency.
Serve:
1
Transfer the colcannon to a serving dish. Make a well in the center and add a knob of butter, if desired. Garnish with crumbled bacon, green onions, or chives, if using.
2
Serve warm as a side dish to accompany meats or as part of a traditional Irish meal.

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