I don't understand the obsession with boiled dinner on St. Patty's Day. I love cabbage, but the smell of boiled cabbage makes me gag. I am more of bangers and mashed kinda gal. So I was perusing the food blogs as usual looking for some fun St Patty's Day recipes and I came across a recipe for colcannon. I honestly had never heard of colcannon. It's apparently just mashed potatoes with bacon, cabbage and scallions. Like I said before - I love cabbage, so since I was planning on making mashed potatoes anyway...why not make colcannon instead? Well let me tell you how amazing this was. I had three helpings and didn't even care about the bangers anymore. If you like cabbage and mashed potatoes, then you'll love this. I have never cooked with bacon - rendering bacon fat and cooking with the grease - but I can see why people do...holy crap, is it good. Bacon, butter, cabbage, potatoes, yum. Five years ago, I would be in Davis Square celebrating this day with friends at the Burren. Alas, at least now I have some delicious bangers and colcannon and even some shamrock-shaped sugar cookies as consolation. Happy St. Patty's Day! I hope everyone had a fun day celebrating!
adapted from Closet Cooking
2 lb russet potatoes, peeled and diced into medium chunks
4 oz. bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 of a small head of savoy cabbage, sliced thin
4 scallions, sliced
2 Tbsp butter, divided
Put potatoes in a medium pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. In a large pan over medium heat, saute the bacon for about 5 minutes until rendered. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and cook for about 1 minute until it foams. Then add the cabbage and saute, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for another 5 minutes. When the potatoes are done, drain and return to the pot. Then mash and add the cabbage mixture and the remaining butter. Combine well and serve hot!