Irish Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Difficulty: Easy
What is Colcannon aka Irish Mashed Potatoes?
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made from mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. The potatoes are boiled and mashed, and the kale or cabbage is cooked separately and then mixed into the mashed potatoes. The dish is typically flavored with butter and milk, and sometimes with onions or leeks. It is often served as a side dish, but can also be used as a filling for pies or cakes.
Colcannon has been enjoyed for centuries. It likely originated as a simple, hearty food that could be made using easily-available ingredients, such as potatoes and cabbage or kale. These ingredients were also a staple for Irish farmers, who often had to rely on them as a main source of nutrition during the winter months. The origins of Colcannon and some variations of the recipe can be traced back to the 17th century, but it became more popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, during the time of the Great Famine in Ireland when potatoes were one of the few available food sources for a lot of people.
Traditionally, it was often served on Halloween night, and it was believed that finding a ring in your serving of colcannon would bring good luck and a sure sign of impending marriage. And even today, Colcannon is a much-loved dish that is enjoyed as a comfort food, especially around the time of Halloween and St. Patrick's Day.
My Colcannon Recipe Notes (Vegan)
Kale Mashed Potatoes!!! I'm not reinventing the wheel here.... but thanksgiving is around the corner, and I wanted to cook some different things with that vibe in mind. I'll be honest even when I wasn't vegan, the whole turkey dinner thing to me wasn't all that exciting. Not that it wasn't tasty....I just think I tend to gravitate to globally inspired food compared to traditional North American fare. Though since I'm passionate about cooking and eating nutrient dense food in general, adding kale to mashed potatoes is right up my alley.
I used olive oil and Earths Own vegan sour cream in my potatoes and garnished them with chopped scallions. I found I didn't need or want butter. They were creamy, rich and delicious, but you don't have to use olive oil and sour cream, use whatever you like best. Vegan Butter, vegan sour cream are both good options just make sure the potatoes are seasoned well with S&P and make them as rich and creamy as you dare. Heck even mash in some vegan cheese if you're feeling crazy.
Serves 6-8 people
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