Creamy Colcannon with Irish Cheddar
There are so many things you can do with potatoes, especially when making side dishes. Just ask my family what their favourite potato recipes are and you will get a whole host of replies. Fries! Mashed potatoes! Uh…how about more fries? Yes, there is no shortage of potato-related ideas luckily, but one thing I love to do with the humble potato is make colcannon, a typical Irish dish which pairs with just about everything. This is basically mashed potatoes with cabbage and cheese. It’s important to use a good cheese, and I’ve found the Kerrygold brand to be perfect here. In fact, I often add a little extra cheese to the mix.
Along with the cabbage and cheese, I add milk, salt, onion, butter and black pepper, and those are all the ingredients you’re going to need to get that Irish flavour just right. As for toppings, why not crumble some bacon on top or add some spring onions or chives for a splash of colour? Serve this with anything from sausages or pork chops to steak, chicken or even a hardy fish like cod or salmon. Yes, the bacon does complement the fish believe it or not!
Some people might want to try kale instead of the cabbage and that’s also fine (of course the Irish are more associated with their cabbage than their kale, these days you’ll find ‘anything goes’ so simply add your favourite green vegetable). Serve this instead of your usual plain mash, and see how everyone loves the cheese and bacon additions. In fact, this tastes so good I bet your kids won’t even notice you sneaked that cabbage in there! Try it and see.
- 900g (2 lbs) unpeeled chopped red potatoes
- 180ml (¾ cup) whole milk
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 chopped medium yellow onion
- 6 tablespoons salted butter (don't use margarine!)
- 285g (10 oz) finely shredded green cabbage (or kale)
- 115g (4 oz) shredded Kerrygold Irish cheddar cheese
- Black pepper, to taste
- Extra salted butter, as needed
- 4 crumbled cooked strips of bacon
- 4 chopped chives or 2 chopped spring onions (green onions), green part only
- First boil the potatoes for 20 minutes in lightly salted water or until tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, you can sauté the yellow onion in the butter in a large pan for 10 minutes or until tender.
- Now add the cabbage to the onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- When you've done that, the potatoes should be just about tender.
- Drain the cooked potatoes and mash in their skins, pouring in the milk and adding salt as you mash.
- Add the cabbage mixture to the potatoes, then stir in the cheese and grind in some black pepper.
- You can either serve the colcannon like this, or make a well in the middle then add butter so it can melt in there.
- Also sprinkle on some bacon and/or chives or spring onions if liked.
Colcannon should be served piping hot for the best results, and this side dish goes with pretty much everything. This creamy mashed potatoes recipe includes cabbage, cheddar cheese, milk, onion, and more, and we like to add bacon and spring onion or chives on top, although that is up to you. Try it both ways and I bet you prefer the ‘with bacon’ option! This is a very simple side dish and it complements all kinds of meals; colcannon is just as pleasing with a steak or pie as with corned beef or a nice piece of brisket. This recipe makes quite a lot but I promise you won’t have any leftovers!
Leave a Reply
- Sea Perch with Apple-Cranberry Chutney May 28, 2016
- Creamy Colcannon with Irish Cheddar May 21, 2016
- Ultimate British Chip Butty May 9, 2016
- Tasty Welsh Rarebit Recipe May 1, 2016
- Authentic Devon Scones April 24, 2016
- British Cider and Onion Soup April 23, 2016
- Bubble and Squeak Cakes April 17, 2016
- British Pub Style Vegetable Curry April 16, 2016
- Rustic Oat-Crusted Herring April 15, 2016
- Broccoli and Stilton Soup April 14, 2016
- Lemon and Garlic Chicken Bake April 13, 2016
- Queen of Puddings April 11, 2016
- Queen Victoria’s Brown Windsor Soup April 10, 2016
- Roasted Topside of Beef April 7, 2016
- Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Dressing April 6, 2016
- How To Make Stuffed New Potato Canapés (107555 Views)
- Scottish Smoked Salmon with Lemon Dressing (14617 Views)
- Easy Toffee Recipe (4976 Views)
- Cheese and Asparagus Tartlets (3124 Views)
- The Best Dessert Chefs in Britain (2842 Views)
- TeaTime (2533 Views)
- Battenberg Cake Recipe (2387 Views)
- How to Serve Traditional English Cream Tea (1795 Views)
- How to Brew Earl Grey Tea (1685 Views)
- Tea Party Table Setting Ideas (1425 Views)